The new USS Little Rock's journey to its homeport in Florida remains on hold in Montreal, possibly until mid-March, because of "historical" wintry conditions.
Navy officials say its newest warship, which was commissioned at Canalside Dec. 16, will resume its voyage to Mayport, Fla., once it is safe to navigate the St. Lawrence Seaway.
"The St. Lawrence Seaway's ice has historically melted enough for safe passage by mid-March," Lt. Cmdr. Courtney Hillson said Friday, adding that no departure date has been scheduled.
When the $440 million ship was preparing to leave Buffalo, there was a delay of a couple days because of windy conditions on Lake Erie. When it arrived in Montreal, Hillson said near-record cold temperatures proved to be an obstacle.
The delay will have a limited impact on the ship's operational schedule, she said.