USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) Drained While Fighting A Fire On Board
As a result of the operation to extinguish the fire that broke out on Sunday on Board the American universal landing ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) Bonhomme Richard at the naval base in San Diego (California), there was precipitation due to the arrival of a large amount of water, according to a representative of the US Navy.
"The ship's draught continues against the backdrop of water flooding, and we are monitoring the appropriate balance," rear Admiral Sobek, commander of the 3rd expeditionary strike group, which includes the ship, said during a press conference.
He also pointed out that the fire damaged the superstructure on the deck of the aircraft carrier landing ship, in particular, the bridge and mast. According to him, the fire occurred in the cargo compartment of the ship on the lower deck of Deep V, where a large amount of equipment and equipment of the marine corps is stored.
The rear Admiral also said that the fire had already spread to other sections of the ship.
At the same time, 57 military personnel, including 34 sailors and 23 civilians, have been injured since the fire started. Five of them remain in a local hospital.
The fire on the 255-meter ship has been going on for more than 29 hours, and it has not yet been extinguished. In addition to firefighting vessels, three helicopters are involved in the firefighting operation.
The fire was reported at 08:30 local time on Sunday (18:30 GMT). The cause of the fire is still unknown.
According to Sobek, the landing ship has more than 3 thousand tons of fuel onboard. But it is on a lower deck. Firefighters will try to prevent it from catching fire.
San Diego fire chief Colin Stowell said the fire on the ship could continue for several days "when it reaches its waterline."
The universal landing ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) is located at the naval base in San Diego for scheduled maintenance.
At the time of the fire, there were about 160 sailors and officers on board. The total number of the ship's crew is one thousand sailors.