US Military Managed To Extinguish A Fire On USS Bonhomme Richard (Lhd 6) In San Diego
The fire on board the landing ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) at the naval base in San Diego (California) after four days of fighting was extinguished, said on Thursday a representative of the US Pacific fleet command, rear Admiral Philip Sobek.
"Now, in the end, I can say that we put out the fire," Sobek said at a press conference.
He noted that fire crews are now examining all the premises to make sure there is no fire.
According to him, "it is too early to make any predictions or make promises about what the future of the ship will be" since the extent of its damage has not yet been accurately studied.
The firefighting operation involved three helicopters dropping water on the ship, in addition to numerous tugs that poured water on it from fire barrels.
The command of the surface forces of the US Pacific fleet reported that at least 63 people, including 40 military and 23 civilians, were injured in the course of extinguishing the fire.
The fire was reported at 08:30 local time on Sunday (18:30 GMT). The cause of the fire is not yet known. It occurred in the ship's cargo hold on the lower deck of Deep V, where a large amount of marine equipment and equipment is stored.
The universal landing ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) was at the naval base in San Diego at the final stage of a two-year modernization period, as a result of which it was planned to be equipped with the latest fifth-generation fighters with vertical take-off F-35B. During the work on it, the fire alarm was disabled.