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Default The Navy built a ‘fast, agile’ warship for $440M

It was so cold the Navies newest ship was stuck in port awaiting warmer weather...

The Navy built a ‘fast, agile’ warship for $440M. It’s been stuck in ice since Christmas Eve.

The commissioning of the USS Little Rock was held in Buffalo last month, on a day so cold that people’s breath billowed through the air as they spoke.

Partway through the ceremony, snow began falling — sideways — on the thousands of attendees.

It might have been a sign. ...

Still, none of it stopped a string of military officials and a bundled-up delegation from Arkansas from singing the praises of the Navy’s newest warship for more than an hour.

One Navy official spoke of the combat ship’s “adaptability, speed and maneuverability.” A Navy chaplain bowed his head in prayer to bless the Little Rock before it sailed to its home port, Naval Station Mayport in Jacksonville.

“We commend this ship, the USS Little Rock, to your care and divine providence,” the chaplain said. “Grant them fair winds and following seas.”

Despite the benedictions, the ship’s maiden voyage has gotten off to a rather inauspicious start. A week after it was commissioned, as it made its way along the Saint Lawrence Seaway, the USS Little Rock became trapped by ice near Montreal.
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