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(CNN)   Not to alarm anyone, but the Bonhomme Richard is still aflame, with the temperature of the flames reaching over a thousand degrees. No idea if that is Celsius or Fahrenheit though   (edition.cnn.com) divider line
    More: Followup, Naval Base San Diego, fills San Diego, United States Navy, Amphibious assault ship, ship fire, USS Bonhomme Richard, Royal Navy, SAN DIEGO  
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2020-07-14 2:44:12 AM  
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2020-07-14 3:30:47 AM  
If that was Celsius the ocean would be boiling away under it.
 
2020-07-14 3:30:51 AM  
More like the Bonfire Richard.
 
2020-07-14 3:37:34 AM  
Guess the winds shifted. Didn't smell any burning electronics tonight.

/stay safe
 
2020-07-14 3:37:39 AM  
Poor Richard.
 
2020-07-14 3:38:23 AM  

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NCIS: SOFY
 
2020-07-14 3:41:10 AM  
If not the fuel, what exactly is burning?
 
2020-07-14 3:41:55 AM  
I sayeth, screw you guys.

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2020-07-14 3:42:20 AM  
First one then the other.
 
2020-07-14 3:42:42 AM  
First one, then the other.
 
2020-07-14 3:45:18 AM  
Get a room, you guys.
 
2020-07-14 3:45:21 AM  

TheWhoppah: If not the fuel, what exactly is burning?


Sounds like everything.
 
2020-07-14 3:49:43 AM  
Isn't a boat on fire usually a self correcting problem?
 
2020-07-14 3:51:17 AM  
1000 degrees isn't hot enough to melt steel!

Cover up!  Pre-planted explosives!  Bush knew!  Impeach Cheney!

/retro stupid
//there was a frog who used to howl 'round these parts many years ago....
 
2020-07-14 3:51:27 AM  
Le feu! Le feu!
 
2020-07-14 3:54:00 AM  
That's the better part of a billion dollars literally going up in smoke.

File the incompetence that let this happen along side decaying infrastructure, a pathetic COVID-19 response, and dysfunctional government, in the pile of examples of the US as a failing state.
 
2020-07-14 3:55:16 AM  
Goodbye, Bone-Me-Hard Richard.
 
2020-07-14 3:56:27 AM  
That's hot!
 
2020-07-14 3:58:56 AM  

TheWhoppah: If not the fuel, what exactly is burning?


My poorly educated guess is that there are a lot of aluminum alloys used in the superstructure to reduce weight. Aluminum oxide plus rust = thermite

Aluminum can be very energetic.

Aluminum reflects a lot of heat but it can burn if exposed to a lot of heat for a long time. I do not envy those tasked with fighting a fire like that.
 
2020-07-14 4:03:57 AM  
John Paul Jones is like "I have not yet begun to fight this fire."

/watch him guys, he'll try to escape to the nearest British vessel.
 
2020-07-14 4:04:29 AM  

TheWhoppah: If not the fuel, what exactly is burning?


Cabling. Equipment. Stored provisions. By this point, almost certainly aluminum bulkheads and structure
 
2020-07-14 4:06:29 AM  

Dryad: TheWhoppah: If not the fuel, what exactly is burning?

Cabling. Equipment. Stored provisions. By this point, almost certainly aluminum bulkheads and structure


Office supplies, clothing, bedding, basically anything that burns below 1000 degrees F now.
 
2020-07-14 4:06:49 AM  

WalkingSedgwick: That's the better part of a billion dollars literally going up in smoke.

File the incompetence that let this happen along side decaying infrastructure, a pathetic COVID-19 response, and dysfunctional government, in the pile of examples of the US as a failing state.


It's yard time.  Accidents happen, especially with yard workers that don't take care about the ship, and the ship is in its least capable state to fight a fire.  It's not some kind of endemic failure of the entire system.

/it doesn't matter what country the shipyard is in, no sailor trusts a yard worker onboard their vesel
 
2020-07-14 4:08:33 AM  
Good job the contactors who started the fire have insurance to pay for this.


How am I kidding, the actual contractors will be a shell corporation out of the Virgin Islands where the insurance will be paying out nothing.
 
2020-07-14 4:11:04 AM  
USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) Firefighting Efforts, July 13th Part Three
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She's still showing light fire on the island, you can see that the bridge is borked.
 
2020-07-14 4:13:23 AM  
probably a dumb question, but why can't they just sink it at this point?
 
2020-07-14 4:15:58 AM  
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2020-07-14 4:17:07 AM  

phedex: probably a dumb question, but why can't they just sink it at this point?


Uh, in the harbor?
 
2020-07-14 4:17:33 AM  
Well, it could be worse, we could have the sublime naval architecture and expert damage control of the Russian Navy.

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2020-07-14 4:18:12 AM  

WalkingSedgwick: That's the better part of a billion dollars literally going up in smoke.

File the incompetence that let this happen along side decaying infrastructure, a pathetic COVID-19 response, and dysfunctional government, in the pile of examples of the US as a failing state.


This one was more expensive. It was arson by a worker who wanted to get off early. One nuclear sub down the drain. A billion down the drain.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Mia​m​i_(SSN-755)
 
2020-07-14 4:19:24 AM  
Maybe I'm being naive, but why don't they just cut a hole in the bottom of it and let it sink? I figure it's going to do just that anyway, why not at least stop all those pollutants into the air.
 
2020-07-14 4:21:37 AM  

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No problem. It has to sink like that, how else is it going to get into its drydock?
 
2020-07-14 4:22:19 AM  

PXMovie: Maybe I'm being naive, but why don't they just cut a hole in the bottom of it and let it sink? I figure it's going to do just that anyway, why not at least stop all those pollutants into the air.


They don't want the pollutants in the water.  Lots of oil and other hazardous materials in a naval vessel.
 
2020-07-14 4:23:32 AM  

themindiswatching: Guess the winds shifted. Didn't smell any burning electronics tonight.

/stay safe


Smelled it this morning up in Oceanside, though. And inland Carlsbad by the Vista border about lunchtime.
 
2020-07-14 4:24:24 AM  
Surely this can not be interpreted as a metaphor for our ship of state.
 
2020-07-14 4:27:22 AM  
"It's My First Second Day!"
 
2020-07-14 4:31:20 AM  

PXMovie: Maybe I'm being naive, but why don't they just cut a hole in the bottom of it and let it sink? I figure it's going to do just that anyway, why not at least stop all those pollutants into the air.


Probably not deep enough to do the job, quite possibly deep enough to capsize her.

Currently, there is 2 decks between the fire and the fuel, and the fuel is contained.  There fire is also contained to the ship.  Neither can be guaranteed to remain contained if she capsized. That's a lot of kinetic energy to add to the mess.
 
2020-07-14 4:33:20 AM  

TheWhoppah: If not the fuel, what exactly is burning?


Paint, wiring, all kinds of shiat. Mattresess, etc.
 
2020-07-14 4:34:54 AM  
maybe they can build a big concrete cap like the BP oil spill and drop it on the ship.
 
2020-07-14 4:36:47 AM  
I wonder how much aluminum there is in the new Zumwalt class destroyers? You know, the one's that cost $7 billion. Each.
 
2020-07-14 4:39:46 AM  
Wouldn't down draft of the helicopter rotors fan the flames?  Negating what little water those buckets that look like they're missing half the time anyway.
 
2020-07-14 4:49:25 AM  
Why not pour a bunch of Flex Seal over the entire ship to smother the flames.
That stuff is incredible.
According to what I have seen on the television.
 
2020-07-14 4:50:01 AM  

NEDM: WalkingSedgwick: That's the better part of a billion dollars literally going up in smoke.

File the incompetence that let this happen along side decaying infrastructure, a pathetic COVID-19 response, and dysfunctional government, in the pile of examples of the US as a failing state.

It's yard time.  Accidents happen, especially with yard workers that don't take care about the ship, and the ship is in its least capable state to fight a fire.  It's not some kind of endemic failure of the entire system.

/it doesn't matter what country the shipyard is in, no sailor trusts a yard worker onboard their vesel


Agreed. As much as I hate this administration, you can't lay any of the blame for this one at their feet. This shiat happens fairly regularly in shipyards. In other threads folks mentioned a US submarine and I think another US navy vessel in modern times, being a history buff myself, the Normandie comes to mind, but I'm half remembering several others. There's a reason sailors have a fear of leaving their ships in the yards hands, it's not just superstition.
 
2020-07-14 4:59:58 AM  

PXMovie: Maybe I'm being naive, but why don't they just cut a hole in the bottom of it and let it sink? I figure it's going to do just that anyway, why not at least stop all those pollutants into the air.


A- the water in the pier area is too shallow to accomplish much except ...
B- it would complicate the fire-fighting and eventual investigation enormously, and ...
C- there's almost certainly still a lot of valuable, salvageable equipment aboard
D- Assuming they wanted to do such a thing- how would they manage it without putting more people at needless risk?
 
2020-07-14 5:07:22 AM  
ET Bonhomme.
 
2020-07-14 5:14:00 AM  

Wenchmaster: how would they manage it without putting more people at needless risk?


They're the navy, sinking shops is sort of the point isn't it?
 
2020-07-14 5:14:15 AM  
They also sink ships, so I hear.
 
2020-07-14 5:14:38 AM  

PXMovie: Maybe I'm being naive, but why don't they just cut a hole in the bottom of it and let it sink? I figure it's going to do just that anyway, why not at least stop all those pollutants into the air.


Because it's got a boatload (ha!) of fuel on board that they don't want in the harbor.
 
2020-07-14 5:15:30 AM  

Wenchmaster: PXMovie: Maybe I'm being naive, but why don't they just cut a hole in the bottom of it and let it sink? I figure it's going to do just that anyway, why not at least stop all those pollutants into the air.

A- the water in the pier area is too shallow to accomplish much except ...
B- it would complicate the fire-fighting and eventual investigation enormously, and ...
C- there's almost certainly still a lot of valuable, salvageable equipment aboard
D- Assuming they wanted to do such a thing- how would they manage it without putting more people at needless risk?


Hire the french?
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