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Tow, tow, tow your boat! US Navy’s ‘truly unstoppable’ new warship breaks down after only three weeks at sea and has to be pulled back to shore

  • The USS Milwaukee was commissioned on November 21
  • The ship’s crew was described by Commander Mark Haney in October as ‘truly unstoppable’
  • Debris sucked into the oil filter caused the warship’s system to collapse 

The U.S. Navy’s newest ship broke down at sea on Friday and had to be towed to a base in Virginia.

The Navy Times reports that the littoral combat ship, the USS Milwaukee, had to be towed more than 40 nautical miles to Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek after suffering an engineering casualty.

The ship was placed in active duty as recently as November 21.


Speaking of his crew shortly before the commissioning ceremony, the ship’s commander, Mark Haney said ‘they are truly unstoppable’.

‘No matter what is thrown in their way, they find a way to succeed,’ Haney said. 

Officials say it appears that metal debris had collected in the lube oil filer, causing the system to shut down.

The ship was on its way to Mayport, Florida from Halifax, Canada.

The USS Milwaukee was built in Marinette, Wisconsin and was commissioned in November in Milwaukee.

The ship is now making the trek to its home base in San Diego.

Officials say they will swap crews in Virginia while the ship’s system is being repaired.


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