January 21, 2018 1:04 pm
Updated: January 22, 2018 6:55 pm

Newly commissioned U.S. combat ship stuck in Montreal due to icy conditions

WATCH: A newly commissioned Navy warship will be wintering in Montreal, after its journey to Florida was interrupted by cold and ice. But as Global's Billy Shields reports, the USS Little Rock's long stay is causing some concern among residents, who complain the ship is very noisy.

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A newly commissioned Navy warship will be wintering in Montreal after its journey to Florida was interrupted by cold and ice.

A Navy spokeswoman says the USS Little Rock was commissioned in Buffalo on Dec. 16 and was expected to make its way to its home port in Mayport, Fla.

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Instead, the 118-metre Freedom-variant vessel has been moored in Montreal since Christmas Eve due to unusually heavy ice conditions.

Lt. Cmdr. Courtney Hillson says the Navy has now decided to leave the ship in place until the winter weather improves.

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While there’s no departure date scheduled, she says the St. Lawrence Seaway is generally navigable by mid-March.

Hillson says the crew are doing well and will focus on training and readiness while they wait to travel to warmer waters.

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