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    LHD Bonhomme Richard burning right now in in port in San Diego

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    Don't know for sure but looks like something caught on the hanger deck.... looks like the stern area fuel handling area might be going up as well. Ship fires scare me, at least here they are in port.

    My dad didn't see Captain (retired as a Commander) in the Navy because a junior sailor decided to set the lower V of his ship USS Raleigh / LPD 1) on fire in a misguided attempt to get out of going to fleet week after Desert Storm.... took all the crews at Little Creek, Base Fire Dept and the locals to get that one out and it ended up with the ship being decommissioned shortly afterwards, was originally going to be overhauled....
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    Yikes. That looks like a significant amount of fire.

    EDIT; and there's noticeably more black smoke like 5 minutes later, instead of less.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rcbusmc24 View Post
    Don't know for sure but looks like something caught on the hanger deck.... looks like the stern area fuel handling area might be going up as well. Ship fires scare me, at least here they are in port.

    My dad didn't see Captain (retired as a Commander) in the Navy because a junior sailor decided to set the lower V of his ship USS Raleigh / LPD 1) on fire in a misguided attempt to get out of going to fleet week after Desert Storm.... took all the crews at Little Creek, Base Fire Dept and the locals to get that one out and it ended up with the ship being decommissioned shortly afterwards, was originally going to be overhauled....
    News is now saying it started on the Well Deck FWIW.

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    I don't usually sit and gawk at fires, but it's a slow day and San Diego was my pre-pandemic second home. That excuse made, scanner traffic just mentioned a "mass" of sailors "running" from the ship as fire has made it into engine fuel. That's likely not great?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rcbusmc24 View Post
    Don't know for sure but looks like something caught on the hanger deck.... looks like the stern area fuel handling area might be going up as well. Ship fires scare me, at least here they are in port.

    My dad didn't see Captain (retired as a Commander) in the Navy because a junior sailor decided to set the lower V of his ship USS Raleigh / LPD 1) on fire in a misguided attempt to get out of going to fleet week after Desert Storm.... took all the crews at Little Creek, Base Fire Dept and the locals to get that one out and it ended up with the ship being decommissioned shortly afterwards, was originally going to be overhauled....
    Given that I believe public lashings and keel-hauling were out of style around this time, what sort of punishment did the kid get for destroying a near-14,000 ton ship?
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    Damn.

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    Spent a few nights on the Bonhomme Richard. I hope the crew is pulling together in what is likely the most significant event of their service. I'm not a sailor but my ass rode in navy equipment, so as I understand there is nothing to a sailor's time in service quite like having to fight for their ship that will create some deeply emotional, mental and physical scars......whereas to many people watching this on the news the event is just a blip of minor, fleeting interest and inconsequential history.
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    No real experience compared to the actual Sailors on the board, but I did spend part of one of my Western Pacific MEU's earning a Enlisted Surface Warfare pin as the Corpsmen asked if any Marines wanted to tag along while they got theirs. So the fire boats on the outside are conducting boundary cooling, trying to keep particular areas of the hull cool, might be areas near fuel tanks or loaded ammunition areas, it looks like they have all of their aircraft and cargo handling equipment out of the hanger and up on the flight deck, plus their are a lot of mil vans on deck so I imagine that they are in some kind of overhaul period... If that is occurring then hopefully they do not have too much fuel or ammo on board....

    It's Sunday so they most likely only had one duty section on board the ship, That parking lot would be packed if the whole crew was there.... I'm sure every other ship in the port sent fire fighting parties as soon as the call went out, along with base fire, who are familiar with ship fires.... but in the case of other ship crews, while they know how to fight a fire, Just like every Marine a rifleman, every Sailor is a firefighter, they don't know the ship and its stations as well as they do their own so the duty section on the Richard has to escort all of them....

    Black smoke is not a good sign....
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