The Navy Times has reported that a new U.S. naval ship, the USS Milwaukee, broke down on Friday and required a tow that brought it back 40 nautical miles to shore at Joint Expeditionary Base in Little Creek, Virginia. The ship cost $360 million and was commissioned last month in Milwaukee.
The ship was on its way from Halifax, Canada to Mayport, Florida when it “suffered an engineering casualty.” The Navy Times has stated that the initial cause of the breakdown was due to metal debris that became caught in an oil filter, causing the system to shut down shortly after. Senator John McCain, chairman of the Senate of Armed Services Committee described the premature breakdown of the USS Milwaukee as “deeply alarming.”
“U.S. Navy ships are built with redundant systems to enable continued operation in the event of an engineering casualty, which makes this incident very concerning,” McCain said in an article published by TIME.
The ship had been intended to be docked in its home port in San Diego. The future of the USS Milwaukee at this point is not entirely known.