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US U.S. Navy battles for second day to save burning warship in San Diego

03:42  14 july  2020
03:42  14 july  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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a large ship in the water: U.S. Navy helicopters continue fighting a fire on the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard at Naval Base San Diego © Reuters/MIKE BLAKE U.S. Navy helicopters continue fighting a fire on the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard at Naval Base San Diego

SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - Hundreds of firefighters battled through a second day from the air, land and water on Monday to save a U.S. war vessel swept by flames while moored at a San Diego shipyard, as the number of sailors and civilians injured in the blaze rose to nearly 60.

The USS Bonhomme Richard, an amphibious assault ship whose size ranks second in the U.S. Navy fleet to that of an aircraft carrier, remained largely shrouded in thick, acrid smoke on Monday as the vessel began listing to its starboard side.

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SAN DIEGO -- Firefighters were still battling a blaze Monday on a Navy combat ship that injured at least 57 people and sent smoke billowing over San Diego . The fire began Sunday morning aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard, apparently in a vehicle storage area as the ship was in a berth undergoing

a large ship in the water: U.S. Navy helicopters and city firefighters continue fighting a fire on the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard at Naval Base San Diego © Reuters/MIKE BLAKE U.S. Navy helicopters and city firefighters continue fighting a fire on the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard at Naval Base San Diego

The fire, accompanied by at least one large explosion, erupted Sunday morning in the lower cargo hold of the 844-foot-long (257 meter) ship, docked for routine maintenance at its home port at U.S. Naval Base San Diego.

a large ship in the water with smoke coming out of a plane: U.S. Navy helicopters and city firefighters continue fighting a fire on the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard at Naval Base San Diego © Reuters/MIKE BLAKE U.S. Navy helicopters and city firefighters continue fighting a fire on the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard at Naval Base San Diego

Since then, flames have spread upward throughout much of the ship and into the tower and other structures on the top of the vessel, Rear Admiral Philip Sobeck told a late-morning news conference.

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SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - Flames raged for hours on Sunday aboard a U . S . warship docked at Naval Base San Diego , sending 21 people to the hospital Two guided-missile destroyers docked nearby, the USS Fitzgerald and USS Russell, were moved to piers farther from the burning vessel early in the

Because it was undergoing repairs at the time, only about 160 of the ship's usual contingent of 1,000 crew members were aboard at the time, and all major munitions had already been removed from the vessel as a standard safety practice, Navy officials said.

a large long train on a track with smoke coming out of it: U.S. Navy helicopters and city firefighters continue fighting a fire on the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard at Naval Base San Diego © Reuters/MIKE BLAKE U.S. Navy helicopters and city firefighters continue fighting a fire on the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard at Naval Base San Diego

Helicopters dropped water over the ship throughout Monday while fire boats on the perimeter streamed water on the hull to cool it from the outside. San Diego fire crews discontinued blasting water into the ship from shore, apparently out of concern for destabilizing the vessel's buoyancy.

a large ship in the background: U.S. Navy helicopters continue fighting a fire on the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard at Naval Base San Diego © Reuters/MIKE BLAKE U.S. Navy helicopters continue fighting a fire on the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard at Naval Base San Diego

Asked whether the ship might be burned beyond repair, Sobeck said he was "hopeful" it could be spared. "Once we get the fire out, which is our priority, then we'll make that assessment."

The fire's cause was unknown, but a Navy spokesman told Reuters there was no evidence of foul play.

The Navy said 36 sailors and 23 civilians had been treated for minor injuries, including heat exhaustion and smoke inhalation, and no personnel remained hospitalized.

The Bonhomme Richard, commissioned in 1998, is designed to carry U.S. Marine Corps attack helicopters and ground troops into battle.

(Reporting by Mike Blake in San Diego; Additional reporting and writing by Steve Gorman in Eureka, Calif.; Editing by Bill Tarrant and Leslie Adler)

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