Skip to comments.Firefighters Evacuated From Still Burning USS Bonhomme Richard After It Lists Towards Pier (Updated)
Posted on 07/16/2020 10:49:47 AM PDT by CedarDave
uly 15th came and went with little new official information regarding the ongoing fire fighting operations aboard USS Bonhomme Richard. Then, it was announced at around 11 pm local time this evening, that the Navy cleared the ship and the pier of all personnel due to a rapid shift in the vessel's stability.
The tweet from Naval Surface Warfare stated the following:
Out of an abundance of caution the pier and ship were cleared of personnel due to an initial shift in the ships list. Personnel are now pier side. We will continue to monitor as the ship settles.
Bonhomme Richard had begun listing to starboard on July 13th and that list only increased until being brought under control recently. Now it looks like the ship has listed to port, toward the pier, which triggered the evacuation as the fire approaches the four-day mark.
The good news is that crews were able to return at least alongside the vessel to continue emergency response operations. There have been concerns regarding the amount of water the ship has taken on over the last few days via firefighting efforts on board, from the sea, and from the air. It was reported on the morning of July 15th that Navy MH-60S Seahawks have dropped 1,500 Bambi Buckets of water on the ship in an effort to keep its exterior cool.
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Best navy in the world. But not what it used to be.
Somebody got us good.
Bring in Rob Reiner and tell him something about Trump and he’ll suck all the air from the area and the fire will go out
From “damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead”. And “we have not yet begun to fight”, to;
“Personnel are now pier side. We will continue to monitor as the ship settles.”
This ship is being destroyed by 2 decades of rot. Rot in the form of culture killing Tailhook, women who can’t con destroyers out of colliding with container ships, drag queen homo parties at sea, diversity, trannies, Admirals who work as hard as they can to imprison seals, Captains who put out press releases intended to hurt Trump, and admirals who work to undermine the commander in Chief.
Our entire military is not what it used to be including special forces!!
I would not be surprised to find this was an inside job our military is fading fast!!!
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Maybe they should remove Old Glory and hoist the Rainbow Flag for when it slips beneath the waves.
don’t see much smoke
but the tilt is there
Accidental fire is still the leading likely cause. This does happen - in the last few years, the Russians lost a carrier to shipyard fire and the Chinese lost one of their amphibious assault ships to a shipyard fire (though both navies are still undecided if they will repair or simply scrap their ships.) Last year the Brits almost lost their new Queen Elizabeth carrier when a pipe broke on a shakedown run and the sea started coming in.
Also, Ingalls does still offer the Wasp class amphibious assault carrier to build for foreign nations so we could buy a replacement, or we could buy one of the two successor classes based on the Wasp. On May 20, we just ordered a new America-class, the LHA-9.
Technical point of order - the ship can completely sink to the bottom at that pier and half the ship would still be above the water. The bottom is too shallow to allow the ship to sink completely, a bitter lesson learned at Pearl Harbor.
it tilting because of all of the water put on the fire..
Firefighters were able to board the ship, which had begun to tilt due to excessive water used to contain the fire, after about an hour pierside.
Well, yes - and with power down, theres no pumps to drain it overboard.
You wouldn’t think fire would be a concern on a big steel can. It’s the biggest threat in the Navy.
In the shipyard with all that welding and cutting, things go sideways in the blink of an eye.
They couldn’t activate the counter-measure wash down system to cool off the ship?
Is any of this related to the 6 Iranian ships that are currently burning in port?
That system was offline for the deck overhaul and refit. They were rebuilding the flight deck so the F-35B could operate off it without setting the deck on fire or burning holes in it, which is what it was doing on the un-refitted LHDs and LHAs.
Unlikely, but the investigation hasnt really started yet.
Im surprised they cant put portable pumps on board with shore power.
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