US warship sets record for longest stay at sea

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, American ships do not enter ports to avoid infecting crew members.

A US missile destroyer has set a record for the longest stay of a military surface ship at sea, the US Navy said.

As of September 26, the destroyer Stout had been at sea for 208 days. The ship spent almost seven months in the Middle East and North Africa, which are part of the US Fifth fleet’s area of responsibility.

The previous record of 207 days was set earlier this year by the USS Eisenhower and USS San Jacinto.

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the Navy to cancel port visits to prevent sailors from becoming infected while onshore.