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    This doesn't bode well for thoughts of her ever returning to the fleet;
    https://www.defensenews.com/naval/20...homme-richard/

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    Yeah, that was my reaction when I saw it yesterday.
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    Then there will be the cost of scrapping....
    Even a SINKEX involves a level of abatement of hazardous substances.

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    NASSCO, who was working on the ship when the fire started, got a $10 million contract to clean the ship.

    https://news.usni.org/2020/07/22/nas...ghter-response

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    I think this article misses the mark.

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/craigho.../#325ff62f308a

    I haven't read the reports for the G.W. fire, but I think I know the basics (I just downloaded the report and endorsement from links in the article and will read them directly). I still place a lot of emphasis for the severity of the BHR fire to the general shipyard activity and reduced staffing. The materiel condition of BHR while undergoing yard maintenance and whatever were the conditions on GW while deployed underway should not be compared directly as is done in the article.

    Yes, the GW fire, Fizgerald and McCain collisions, and a few other incidents point to command, training, and manning deficiencies. I still await a report on the BHR fire to make a judgement that blame can be pointed anywhere. That doesn't mean that improvements aren't needed. Also, the reported fires on Kearsarge and Kennedy are probably not as newsworthy as they would have been prior to the BHR fire (or likely, soon after everyone forgets about it and moves on to the next bright, shiny thing). Reports of a 'minor' incident recall my memories of being firewatch in the radar room on an FFG in the 80's. One of the welders working on a platform shouted that there was a fire on the deck. It was about the size of a sparkler. I knew if I used an extinguisher on it, I'd have to report it. I dumped my coffee on it and it was out. That would probably make headlines today.

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    For a shipyard novice, of which I am clearly one, this article goes into some of the details on why shipyard fires are a global phenomenon.

    Link:
    https://warontherocks.com/2020/08/sm...hipyard-fires/

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    She is beyond done. Her island is a hollow shell. Four decks just gone. One can make out the bottom side of the CWIS.
    https://twitter.com/mercoglianos/sta...918780929?s=21
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