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Photos capture the intense fight against the fire that has been burning aboard a US Navy warship for over 24 hours

July 13th 2020, 7:22:56 pm

The US Navy amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard has been burning for more than 24 hours, and there is the possibility the fire will continue for days.

Smoke rises from a fire on board the U.S. Navy amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard

The US Navy amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) has been burning for a day, the first of what could be a multi-day fight to get the fire under control.

Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

U.S. Navy photo by Lt. John J. Mike

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Source: USNI News

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Christina Ross

The Bonhomme Richard is an amphibious flattop that can launch jump-jets like the AV-8B Harrier, as well as attack helicopters. It also has a well deck that can be flooded to transport Marine vehicles to shore for a beach assault.

The 22-year-old ship is powered by boilers.

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Christina Ross

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Christina Ross

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The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department released footage of the response, as well as a video shot from the air of the fire burning aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard on its Twitter page.

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jason Kofonow

U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Austin Haist

Fires are dangerous to fight aboard ship, especially if they near fuel reservoirs or magazines where ammunition is stored.

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They also can cause damages extensive damage to many of the ship's critical systems. It took firefighters 12 hours to extinguish a 2012 shipyard fire on a submarine, which had been set by a civilian contractor. The repair estimates, of up to $700 million, were so high the service opted to decommission the USS Miami.

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Christina Ross

U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Austin Haist

Source: CNN

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