By Lt. Cmdr. Courtney Hillson
Public Affairs Officer for Commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic
The Freedom-variant littoral combat ship USS Little Rock (LCS 9) will remain in port Montreal, Canada, until wintery weather conditions improve and the ship is able to safely transit through the St. Lawrence Seaway.
Significant weather conditions prevented the ship from departing Montreal earlier this month and icy conditions continue to intensify. 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.
Keeping the ship in Montreal until waterways are clear ensures the safety of the ship and crew, and will have limited impact on the ship's operational schedule. Little Rock, which was commissioned in Buffalo, New York, Dec. 16, will continue her transit to Mayport, Florida, when weather and seaway conditions permit.
While in port, the crew of Little Rock will continue to focus on training, readiness and certifications.