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Sailors knock down small fire aboard aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln in San Diego Bay

The USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) arrives San Diego with sailors manning the rail marking the end of their 10-month deployment. The 294- day deployment is the longest carrier deployment in the post Cold War era. (Nelvin C. Cepeda/The San Diego Union-Tribune/TNS)

Sailors on the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln quickly knocked down an electrical fire Wednesday that broke out while the ship was docked at Naval Air Station North Island, the Navy said early Thursday.

The fire was reported about 2 p.m. in the forward emergency diesel generator compartment and was extinguished within 10 minutes by an in-port emergency team.

The cause of the fire “is being assessed right now,” said Cmdr. Zach Harrell, a public affairs officer. “It was contained in one space. We’re looking at what the extent of the damage is.”

The Navy said that no one was injured by the fire and that foul play is not suspected.

A large portion of the ship’s 3,000 sailors were at work on the carrier at the time. The nuclear-powered carrier was undergoing regular maintenance.

The incident comes roughly three years after a fire erupted aboard the amphibious assault ship Bonhomme Richard at Naval Base San Diego. The blaze, which took four days to extinguish, injured about 60 sailors and civilians and damaged the vessel so badly the Navy decommissioned the $1.2 billion ship.

In September 2020 one of the ship’s sailors was acquitted by a military court of starting the fire.


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