This is just absolutely shameful military incompetence.
Imagine if you were one of the engineers who works year after year for the military industrial complex to churn out these advanced weapons platforms.
Now, imagine having to watch them burn to a crisp, because Obama was worried about the military being too white and so replaced everyone with grossly incompetent lesbo-mulatto dominatrix sergeants who cannot even manage to not set themselves on fire.
Truly, this is like a scene out of post-colonial Africa, where the natives couldn’t even maintain the railroads after the Europeans went home.
Except this time, it is your country, your institutions, which are crumbling under the hopeless mismanagement of jungle people.
More than 400 sailors are working to put out the massive fire that continues to rage aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard in San Diego and Navy officials are unclear how long the blaze might continue to burn.
The fire has brought down the amphibious assault ship’s forward mast and caused other damage to the ship’s superstructure that rises above its flight deck.
“There is a tremendous amount of heat underneath and that’s where it’s — it’s flashing up — also forward, closer to the bow again there’s a heat source and we’re trying to get to that as well,” Rear Adm. Philip Sobeck, the commander of Expeditionary Strike Group 3 said at a news conference Monday in San Diego.
Sobeck said that the temperatures in the fire’s heat sources are reaching as high as 1,000 degrees. With temperatures that high, the sailors are rotating in on 15-minute firefighting shifts.
Asked if he believes the ship could be saved, Sobeck said, “I feel absolutely hopeful because we have sailors giving it their all.”
He also expressed confidence that the fire will not get close to the ship’s supply of one million gallons of fuel, which lies two decks below the blaze.
Yeah – you might want to empty out the one million gallons of fuel that is currently two decks away from your uncontrolled fire.
Because it would be a shame if, you know, that exploded in a giant mushroom cloud, incinerating everyone nearby.
Sobeck acknowledged that the ship’s Halon fire suppression system — which could have put out the initial fire — was not activated because it was also receiving maintenance.
“We again augment that with firefighting elements from the pier and the shipyard,” said Sobeck.
Teams of sailors were pouring water onto the ship from the pier and from tugboats along its side. Navy helicopters have also dropped 415 buckets of water on the ship to contain the fire, much as they have done in the past to help put out wildfires.
There were 57 sailors injured after the fire started aboard the ship on Sunday, most have been treated for exhaustion and smoke inhalation. A U.S. official told ABC News that the last five individuals who remained hospitalized have been released from the hospital.
Sobeck had no information about how the fire started, but said it originated in the “lower V” part of the ship’s aft section, which normally holds equipment used by Marines when they are aboard the vessel. Since the ship has been in maintenance, it has been used to hold maintenance supplies, including lots of cardboard boxes.
“Because the ship was in the shipyard, there is lots of scaffolding and lots of debris in the way,” Sobeck said, explaining that it has hampered firefighting efforts.
Looking much like a smaller version of an aircraft carrier, the USS Bonhomme Richard is one of nine amphibious assault ships in the Navy. When on deployment, the ship carries a variety of Marine aircraft, including tilt-rotor Ospreys, Super Cobra attack helicopters and vertical take-off versions of the F-35 Lightning fighter jet.
The extensive fire damage will leave the Navy with the difficult choice of trying to put the ship back in service — a process that could take years — or deciding to take the ship out of commission.
Imagine a war under these circumstances of preparedness, with a Navy that is constantly crashing its ships or setting them on fire in the dock.
Actually, I just imagined it – it wouldn’t matter.
Long range missiles work. Everything above the surface would get nuked in a day.
Carriers are retardedly expensive platforms that are only good for “force projecting” onto the third world. They are big, slow targets, and completely outranged by anti-ship missiles, which the Chinese and others have in abundance.
If you ever wondered why George W. Bush didn’t invade Iran – well, the Pentagon simulated that scenario in 2002, and they got owned by asymmetrical red team tactics. Specifically, owned because of the vulnerability of the current “Is this still 1945?” Naval doctrine.
Nuclear submarines and long-range sub-drone nukes (Russians are already developing these) would actually survive a modern war, and are better investments.