The US Navy's most technologically advanced warship, the new $4.4 billion destroyer USS Zumwalt has been stranded in harbour in Panama after developing an engineering fault on its commissioning trip.
USS Zumwalt and Michael Monsoor are the first two ships of the navy's new class of surface combatants.
The repairs are expected to take about 10 days, he added. US Navy Cmdr Ryan Perry said in a statement to CNN. But the most recent issues were not the first it has faced since it left shipbuilder General Dynamics Bath Iron Works in ME in September.
The ship has electric propulsion, new radar and sonar, powerful missiles and guns, and a stealthy design to reduce its radar signature.
It had been scheduled to arrive in San Diego by the end of the year to start the activation of its weapon system.
Once the ship has been repaired, it will continue on to San Diego, where it will be outfitted with all necessary combat systems. The 610-foot-long vessel also suffered some cosmetic damage when it tapped the wall of a lock.
Navy officials said the problem was discovered after crew found a seawater leak in the propulsion motor drive lube oil auxiliary system of one of the ship's shafts.
The Zumwalt was en route from Baltimore, where it was commissioned on 15 October, to San Diego.
Two additional Zumwalt-class ships are now under construction at BIW: the future USS Michael Monsoor and USS Lyndon B. Johnson.
BAE Systems will begin work on the Zumwalt next month.
Zumwalt is the first of three in the $22-billion class. Michael Monsoor (DDG-1001) and Lyndon B. Johnson (DDG-1002) are now under construction at BIW.