LCS Little Rock Stuck in Montreal …Until the Ice Melts
The LCS Little Rock is the US Navy’s newest Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). The $440 Million ship was commissioned in Buffalo, New York on December 16. But since December 27, it has been stuck in Montreal, Canada “indefinitely” due to record cold packing ice against the hull.
Mayport, Florida was the original destination of the Little Rock, but it never made it out of port before the ice closed in. (Heads up, Al Gore).
“The crew will remain in port Montreal, Canada, until wintry weather conditions improve and the ship is able to safely transit through the St. Lawrence Seaway…The temperatures in Montreal and throughout the transit area have been colder than normal, and included near-record low temperatures, which created significant and historical conditions in the late December, early January timeframe…While in port, the crew of Little Rock will continue to focus on training, readiness and certifications.” Lt. Cmdr. Courtney Hillson, spokeswoman for Naval Surface Force Atlantic
The ship is 389 feet in length, and according to the Navy, can travel at 46 miles per hour. Littoral Class Ships have been described as “agile.” It’s core crew is 50, with space for 98 sailors. The Freedom variant of the LCS has “3D air search radar (4D air search radar in hulls after LCS 15), Rolling Airframe Missile (SeaRAM in hulls after LCS 15), medium caliber 57-mm Mk 110 deck gun, EO/IR gunfire control system and decoy launching system,” according to Lockheed Martin.
According to Fox News, the Little Rock has reportedly been using heaters and de-icers to reduce buildup of ice on the hull. The crew has been given cold-weather clothing to make it through until they can be underway toward a warmer climate. It is undetermined when the ship will get underway again.
Feature photo: screenshot from the US Navy commissioning of the USS Little Rock, a Freedom Class Littoral Combat Ship.