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Restoration of Bluenose II encounters another problem, this time with steering

HALIFAX - An apparent mechanical problem on the restored Bluenose II left Nova Scotia's tourism minister unable to say Wednesday whether the schooner will be able to sail this spring as hoped. Michel Samson said work is underway on the vessel's steering and rudder to address a problem in turning the ship's wheel. "They are looking now at the steering components and everything else attached to that to see exactly what could be causing it and to find a solution," said Samson.

Navy delays submarine commissioning, says more work needed

By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Navy on Wednesday said it would delay the commissioning of the North Dakota, a new Virginia-class submarine that was due to enter active service on May 31, to carry out more design work and resolve quality problems with certain components. The submarine, built jointly by General Dynamics Corp and Huntington Ingalls Industries, is returning to drydock for the additional work, according to the submarine's Facebook site. It said no new commissioning date had been set.

US missile cruiser headed back to port after fire

A US guided missile destroyer is headed back to its home port in Florida after an engine room fire that caused damage but no injuries, the Navy said Wednesday. The USS Hue City, which is still operating under its own power, had at first continued on its planned course across the Atlantic Ocean from Florida despite the blaze, but it will now head home. "The Hue City will be returning to Mayport," a US Navy official told AFP.

Four dead, 291 missing in S. Korea ferry sinking

South Korean rescuers, including elite navy SEAL divers, worked frantically under floodlights Wednesday to find nearly 300 people missing after a ferry sank with 459 on board, mostly high school students bound for a holiday island. Lee Gyeong-Og, the vice minister of security and public administration, said 164 people had been rescued, leaving 291 "unaccounted for". There were four confirmed deaths, including a female crew member and a student.

New ferry for trips between Nova Scotia and Maine arrives in Yarmouth

YARMOUTH, N.S. - A new ferry that will carry passengers and vehicles between southwestern Nova Scotia and Maine arrived in Yarmouth on Tuesday. The vessel is scheduled to begin making daily, round-trip crossings between Yarmouth and Portland, Maine, on May 15 with trips continuing until Nov. 2. The province cut funding for a previous ferry in December 2009 and the service's return is seen by local businesses and politicians as crucial to the area's tourism industry.

First foray of mini-sub finds nothing of interest in MH370 hunt

The first dive by a mini-submarine hunting for Malaysian jet MH370 detected nothing of interest, with the mission aborted after breaching the machine's maximum operating depth, the US Navy said Tuesday. The unmanned Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) Bluefin-21 was undamaged and set for a second sonar sweep of the Indian Ocean seabed during the day, weather permitting. "To account for inconsistencies with the sea floor, the search profile is being adjusted to extend the sonar search for as long as possible," a US statement said.

Romania president tours US warship, hails 'solidarity' on Ukraine

Romanian President Traian Basescu toured a US warship stationed at the Black Sea port of Constanta on Monday, thanking the country's NATO allies for their "solidarity" in the face of Russia's actions in neighbouring Ukraine. Basescu visited the guided missile destroyer USS Donald Cook, stationed in Constanta along with French reconnaissance ship Dupuy de Lome after the eruption of the Ukrainian crisis. The standoff has seen Russia annex the strategic Crimean peninsula halfway across the Black Sea from Constanta, putting neighbouring countries on edge.

Romania president tours US warship, hails 'solidarity' on Ukraine

Romanian President Traian Basescu toured a US warship stationed at the Black Sea port of Constanta on Monday, thanking the country's NATO allies for their "solidarity" in the face of Russia's actions in neighbouring Ukraine. Basescu visited the guided missile destroyer USS Donald Cook, stationed in Constanta along with French reconnaissance ship Dupuy de Lome after the eruption of the Ukrainian crisis. The standoff has seen Russia annex the strategic Crimean peninsula halfway across the Black Sea from Constanta, putting neighbouring countries on edge.

HMCS Kingston crew extinguishes minor engine room fire while bound for Halifax

HALIFAX - Another Canadian warship has been hit by an engine room fire on the high seas. A release from the Royal Canadian Navy says the crew of HMCS Kingston doused a "minor" engine room fire late Saturday morning while the ship was sailing for Halifax after a six week mission in the Caribbean. The release says sailors used fire extinguishers to quickly put out what appears to have been an electrical fire, and that there were no injuries.

US Navy's stealthy new destroyer Zumwalt christened in Maine with bottles of Champagne

BATH, Maine - The U.S. Navy on Saturday christened the first ship of its newest class of destroyers, a more than $3 billion, 610-foot-long warship sporting advanced technology and a stealthy shape designed to minimize its visibility on enemy radar and reduce the size of its crew.
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