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Navy still investigating USS Milwaukee breakdown

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Posted at 4:10 PM, Feb 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-22 21:41:16-05

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The USS Milwaukee's voyage continues. The littoral combat ship constructed in Wisconsin arrived at the BAE shipyard in Florida over the weekend.

While the Milwaukee is in Florida, crews will load equipment for testing this spring. The Freedom-class vessel is expected to head to its home port of San Diego next.

The U.S. Navy is also still trying to figure out why the Milwaukee broke down near Virginia, just days after her commissioning. A Friday press release elaborated on exactly what crews believe the underlying issues at play are:
An investigation has been ongoing since the Milwaukee experienced a loss of propulsion while underway in December. The current focus of the investigation indicates a likely failure of an emergency stop event in response to a loss of fuel pressure to both the port and starboard gas turbine engines that occurred while operating in combined diesel and gas turbine (CODAG) mode.

The Navy notes Milwaukee will still be fully manned, with "about 50 personnel on board."