Blowing up the Planet Out of Carelessness

The US naval command repeatedly demonstrates its inadequacy, which, taking into account what it commands, is a real threat to all of humanity.

While these young fools are cheerfully grinning, taking selfies against the background of a burning warship, on which people may be dying at the same time, more sane Americans are beginning to ask quite pertinent questions in this situation. How did this even become possible and where was the high naval command looking?

After all, anyhow, this is almost the first time in the history of the United States Navy when such a large warship, the size of an aircraft carrier, burns right in its home port for no good reason, like at the time of the Japanese raid on Pearl Harbour. And it looks a lot like it will burn to ashes. If anything, local officials have already told CNN that the fire could continue for several more days.

This is not surprising given that the fire extinguishing system of the most versatile landing craft Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) is inoperative, and city fire brigades do not have the necessary equipment to fight fire in such specific conditions.

“A ship like Bonhomme Richard has lots of combustible materials aboard, such as oxygen and acetylene tanks and especially given the ongoing repair and maintenance, said Sal Mercogliano, a merchant mariner and associate professor of history at Campbell University. Combustibles put out heavy, black smoke in a fire, and there was quite a bit of it spewing from multiple spaces and exterior hatches along with white smoke.

Mercogliano, who is also a certified firefighter, said it’s possible the fire was smoldering for some time before it was reported. Ships like Bonhomme Richard, which has an expansive flight and hangar deck to accommodate helicopters, tiltrotors and short-takeoff and landing jets, have built-in damage control and firefighting systems. Typically, ‘a shipboard fire counts upon the ship having engine and firepump capacity to fight the fire,’ he said. ‘But if a ship is dead, not able to charge its firefighting systems, it makes it a world of difference harder’.

‘That’s a problem you have with fighting a fire on ship. If you can’t use the shipboard fighting system, it is next to impossible to put that fire out because of the length you have to lay hoses into the vessel,’ Mercogliano said, noting a typical firetruck has 1,000 feet of large diameter hose. Fire suppression requires water as well as types of foams designed to put out specific sources of fire fuels, he added, and a pier crowded with containers, pallets, heavy equipment and heavy lines also makes it difficult to pull close firefighting equipment including ladder trucks if needed.” (source)

Attempts to prevent the ship from overheating with the help of firepumps from fire boats and even by dumping water from helicopters indicate, first of all, that specialists have not yet been able to get to the hot spots and eliminate the very cause of the fire.

While military sailors and fire services are at least trying to prevent a complete catastrophe, their high naval authorities only excitedly “flap their wings”, express world sorrow and pray for the health of all good people.

“’Today, we suffered a terrible tragedy aboard USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) when a fire broke out aboard the ship while in port San Diego,’ Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday said in a statement on Sunday.

‘We are grateful for the quick and immediate response of local, base, and shipboard firefighters aboard USS Bonhomme Richard. Our thoughts and prayers are with our BHR Sailors, their families, and our emergency responders who continue to fight the fire. Godspeed.'” (source)

Meanwhile, it is particularly to this soft-hearted command, which has no idea why the huge ship caught fire, that concerned Americans have accumulated the most questions. 

How could it even happen that Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), even taking into account the fact that it was under maintenance and had a reduced crew, at a critical moment turned out to be 100% unprepared to fight fire? And this despite the fact that according to the rules for organising the ship service, this simply cannot happen. And the team must be ready at any time to use fire extinguishing systems, which, especially such an extremely fire hazardous ship, has more than enough of.

However, nothing really worked. And it is very likely that the crew members were simply not ready to act in such a situation. And this is the direct function of the command of the Navy – to train personnel in the fight for the survivability of the ship.

It is also strange that the fire started almost immediately after Bonhomme Richard completed a $249 million refurbishment period at the nearby General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard before moving to the naval base.

According to the generally accepted practice, the ship, on which civilian personnel performed various work for a very gross amount of money, had to be carefully checked after that to make sure it was completely safe. However, it looks like this was not done.

And the 160 sailors and officers remaining on board of the floating giant were clearly not enough to fully accept the ship from the shipyard employees. Therefore, it cannot be completely ruled out that the fire extinguishing system was not activated when the USS left the shipyard.

No one was alarmed even by the fact that there was already a similar case in the US Navy, connected with a gross violation of fire safety rules by the shipyard workers, and it had the most serious consequences. And more recently:

“In 2012, the Los Angeles-class nuclear-powered submarine USS Miami (SSN-755) arrived at the Portsmouth shipyard for scheduled repairs. Casey Fury, 24, was a member of the civilian team involved in repairing the boat. He suffered from depression and took antidepressants. 

On May 23rd, he was instructed to clean the boat’s torpedo compartment of old paint using a sandblaster. In order not to work all day, Fury decided to start a small fire, planning that the smoke would lead to the evacuation of workers and them going home.

However, the fire began to spread rapidly throughout the boat; and 7 people were injured. The damage to the boat was estimated at $400 million, and the shipyard had  40 million loss. The ship, which could serve for at least 10 more years, had to be signed off.” (source)

I have no factual grounds to believe that the cause of the fire at the USS Bonhomme Richard could have been the malicious intent of the same repairmen, who in this way could try to cover up the traces of unfair performance of contract work, for which they have already received a very decent amount of money. Although, this speculation cannot be completely ruled out. In the American Navy, such “miracles” are possible during the construction and repair of ships that make hair stand on end. For example, it has recently become known that almost all American nuclear submarines are built from steel that has not passed all the necessary factory certification procedures.

And now, due to the lack of moral conscience and carelessness of some civil servants, submariners of the US Navy are forced to plough the oceans on ships that can present the most unpleasant surprises at any moment.

One cannot exclude the possibility of a sabotage act aimed at destroying the ship. Given the current extremely unstable socio-political situation in the United States, this is quite possible. Even in this case, the questions are, first of all, to the command of the Navy. How could it allow the uncontrolled infiltration of a warship by God knows who? And if one of the crew members decided on this, then why was his ill plot not revealed in advance?

In recent months I have done a lot of research on the topic of the American Navy; especially concerning the worldwide known Covid-19 scandal aboard the aircraft carrier “Theodore Roosevelt”.

And even then, the behaviour of the US naval authorities gave many reasons for the bewilderment. The scandalous failure to take measures for several weeks for the prevention of the spread of the epidemic on board the aircraft carrier, despite the urgent appeals of its commander.

There were obvious attempts to conceal this situation. And then the hasty and cowardly expulsion of captain Brett Crozier from being in service of the ship, with the clear purpose of not allowing dirty laundry to be aired in public. The shameful fight for the “honour of the regiment” instead of the fight for the health of the ship’s crew, which became known throughout the whole country, forced the US President Donald Trump to intervene personally and led to the dismissal of the then Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly.

However, in general, that loud scandal was hushed up. Defense Secretary Mark Esper, who personally authorised the removal of Crozier, escaped with a slight fright. And it is very likely that the Pentagon authorities did not draw any conclusions out of this tragic case and go on enjoying  a comfortable life in conditions of complete impunity and irresponsibility.

And now not even a couple of months have passed and these miserable naval commanders have a huge universal landing ship burning with a bright flame, right in their own port. And they flap their wings again and wish everyone good health.

And these are the people who are at the head of the most powerful military fleet on the planet today, which is packed to capacity with all kinds of missiles and nuclear warheads! It’s also good that Bonhomme Richard, on the occasion of the renovation, was unloaded from all kinds of explosive filling. But what if next time a nuclear aircraft carrier, fully loaded with ammunition, turns into a fire? Or, due to the inoperative fire system, a nuclear missile submarine will break out? What then? They say that matches are not toys for children. In the case of such admirals, exactly the same can be said about nuclear missiles.

Yury Selivanov

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