The billion-dollar US warship is still burning after 4 days 0The billion-dollar US warship is still burning after 4 days 0

Hundreds of US Navy sailors and the San Diego, California fire department have been working for the past four days to control the fire on the USS Bonhomme Richard amphibious assault ship docked at the military port in the city.

Rear Admiral Philip Sobeck, commander of the US Navy’s 3rd Expeditionary Strike Group, said naval helicopters continuously poured more than 1,500 barrels of water to cool the ship’s superstructure and flight deck, allowing

Water was discharged from a firefighting helicopter to cool the USS Bonhomme Richard superstructure on July 15.

US officials said that the design of the USS Bonhomme Richard made the fire easy to spread and difficult to control.

The four combat compartments below the ship’s hull were not damaged as severely as expected and the battleship’s external structure remained stable.

`The fuel is stored in the compartment below the waterline, the risk of oil spillage or explosion is very small. The US Coast Guard is also always ready to deploy buoys to prevent oil spills if an incident occurs,` Rear Admiral Sobeck said.

The fire occurred on the morning of July 12 when the Bonhomme Richard was docked at the San Diego naval base for maintenance.

More than 400 sailors and federal firefighters used multiple ships and helicopters to fight the fire.

The billion-dollar US warship is still burning after 4 days

Efforts to control the fire on the USS Bonhomme Richard.

USS Bonhomme Richard is the sixth ship in the Wasp class of amphibious assault ships, the second largest warship in the US Navy, just behind nuclear-powered aircraft carriers.

Some experts believe that this incident could cause the ship to be completely damaged and decommissioned, greatly affecting America’s ambition to turn an amphibious ship into a light aircraft carrier amid ongoing tensions with China.

Vu Anh (According to AP)

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