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Virus-Skirting U.S. Warships Set Navy Record: 23 Port Call-Free Weeks At Sea

The sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Eisenhower and cruiser San Jacinto have not set foot on land since setting sail in mid-January. The goal: avoiding coronavirus exposure.
The USS San Jacinto passes by the Statue of Liberty in May of 2017. On Thursday, guided-missile cruiser was one of two Navy vessels that broke a record for consecutive days at sea. Source: Spencer Platt

Thanks to their efforts to steer clear of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. Navy says two American warships that set sail in mid-January broke the modern record on Thursday for consecutive days at sea for U.S. naval surface vessels.

This was hardly in their original mission plan. When the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and the guided-missile cruiser left their home port.

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