An American missile destroyer has set the 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 in the area of responsibility of the US Fifth Fleet.
The previous record of 207 days was set earlier this year by the US warships Eisenhower and San Jacinto.
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the Navy to cancel port visits to prevent seafarers from becoming infected while onshore.