The USS Milwaukee arrives in Mayport harbor. Navy photo

The USS Milwaukee, a new littoral combat ship that will be based in San Diego, completed its maiden voyage to Mayport, FL, last week following two months of repairs.

After leaving the shipyard on Lake Michigan, the Milwaukee broke down in the Atlantic Ocean in early December and had to be towed to Norfolk for repairs.

The Navy said the problem was caused by a loss of fuel pressure to both the port and starboard gas turbine engines.

Though Milwaukee is headed to San Diego, she is currently manned with a Mayport-based team.

“It’s been a long journey to get here, but I couldn’t be happier with my crew’s performance and their efforts to get Milwaukee ready for sea.” said Cmdr. Kevin Ralston, Milwaukee’s commanding officer.

At the BAE Systems shipyard in Mayport, the new ship will take on equipment for underway testing this spring, before eventually arriving in her San Diego home port.

The Navy is building 40 littoral combat ships in two variants, a single-hull variant like the Milwaukee and a trimaran-hull version. Sixteen of the first 24 ships will be based in San Diego as part of the Navy’s pivot to Asia.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.