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Nov 23, 2016 9:54 AM

Maine-built Navy stealth ship breaks down in Panama Canal


The newest high-tech United States Navy destroyer broke down while traveling through the Panama Canal.

The $4 billion U.S.S. Zumwalt stealth ship, built in Maine, lost propulsion in its left-side shaft and had to be towed.

The breakdown occured while the ship was making its way through the famed cut linking the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. The website usni.org referred to the incident as an "engineering casualty" and the crew on board noticed a water leak in bearings on two of the ship's electric motors that power electrical systems on board.

The complex battle platform has experienced other mechanical issues, and this is the second leak discovered in the ship. Another was found in September on its trip from Maine to Virginia.

The ship will undergo repair at the former Rodman navy base in Panama and continue its scheduled trip to San Diego.

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