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Wasp class carrier catches fire for TOTAL LOSS. 1st loss of a non-decommissioned carrier since WWII. Sr Officers blamed for failure including Admirals

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The $1.2 billion warship was a total loss — one of the Navy’s worst peacetime disasters ever — and was sold for scrap.

While a junior sailor faces arson charges, a Navy investigator recommends 36 service leaders also face punishment.

These factors, among others, were among the “repeated failures” the Navy cited.

Sidenote:
In 1964, Viet Cong commandos managed to strap explosives to the USNS Card, a decommissioned carrier used by the Navy with a civilian crew aboard. The resulting attack punched a hole in the hull and sank the Card 48 feet to the bottom of the Saigon port.
 

BoomerD

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And (allegedly) John McCain nearly sank the USS Forrestal and killed 130+ people in 1967.

Of course, it's been denied and "thoroughly debunked," but there still a lot of people who still believe it happened the way those making the claim say it did.
 

pcgeek11

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And (allegedly) John McCain nearly sank the USS Forrestal and killed 130+ people in 1967.

Of course, it's been denied and "thoroughly debunked," but there still a lot of people who still believe it happened the way those making the claim say it did.

Also known as the USS Forrest Fire.

The little @SS that started this fire should get the maximum permitted by law.

I can understand somewhat the crew being untrained as they had been there for conversion for two years and turnover of the crew as some transfer and new people come aboard. Also the confusion of who should be taking charge of the firefighting during an extensive conversion I would think the shipyard would be in charge...
 
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Red Squirrel

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Ouch, that's got to suck! I would not want to be one of the people responsible.

I wonder how a steel ship even burns to that extent. I guess there would be a lot of fuel on board for the planes and what not.
 

pcgeek11

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Ouch, that's got to suck! I would not want to be one of the people responsible.

I wonder how a steel ship even burns to that extent. I guess there would be a lot of fuel on board for the planes and what not.

Lots of things in a ship isn't steel. Lots of fuel, insulation, plastics, paint, cloth, rubber, paper....

I see you have never been in a ship.
 

Red Squirrel

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Lots of things in a ship isn't steel. Lots of fuel, insulation, plastics, paint, cloth, rubber, paper....

I see you have never been in a ship.
I guess there is still enough fuel sources. Just surprised the sprinklers could not keep up. This is always how I pictured it would look like inside most military ships:



But guess shit happens, either way. It was just a remark, that's all. No need to be condescending.
 

Captante

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Ouch, that's got to suck! I would not want to be one of the people responsible.

I wonder how a steel ship even burns to that extent. I guess there would be a lot of fuel on board for the planes and what not.

Fire on a ship is extremely dangerous especially if way out in the middle of the ocean.... not like there's anywhere to escape to beyond abandoning ship!
 

pmv

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Ouch, that's got to suck! I would not want to be one of the people responsible.

I wonder how a steel ship even burns to that extent. I guess there would be a lot of fuel on board for the planes and what not.

Hearing stories like this actually gives me a similar feeling to seeing pictures of people perched on mountain tops or the tops of buildings.

What I mean is, in that case I get a sort of 'vertigo-by-proxy' and feel a bit queasy, as if I were at risk of falling myself...and I feel something similar when hearing about people _really_ fouling up at work. Makes me shudder at the thought of it. (Not to mention remember again all the infinitely lesser, ways I've screwed-up in various jobs)
 
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Wow, all that was needed to destroy this billion $ asset was one pissed off sailor.o_Oo_Oo_Oo_Oo_O
 
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pcgeek11

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I guess there is still enough fuel sources. Just surprised the sprinklers could not keep up. This is always how I pictured it would look like inside most military ships:



But guess shit happens, either way. It was just a remark, that's all. No need to be condescending.
I wasn't being condescending. Sorry if you took it that way.
 

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