NORFOLK, Va. -- A female sailor who reported to the USS Yellowstone's sick bay with cramps early Sunday delivered a big surprise five minutes later: a baby boy. Officials believe it's the first time in U.S. naval history a sailor has given birth aboard ship.
The woman, 21, a seaman apprentice assigned to the Norfolk-based destroyer tender, delivered what officials said was healthy, full-term, 5-pound boy early Jan. 16, said a spokesman for the Atlantic Fleet's Surface Force.
The ship was in port at Gaeta, Italy, one month into a six-month assignment to the Mediterranean.
The child was delivered by the ship's doctor. Mother and child were transferred off the ship to an Italian medical center, and later admitted to the U.S. Naval Hospital in Naples.