Frontier Former Editor

July 31, 2008

And I thought a chicken fryer fire was bad . . .

Filed under: doomed to repeat, dumbasses, old times — Tags: , , , , — Frontier Former Editor @ 7:55 am

These two guys managed to forget a Navy institutional memory as fundamental as breathing:

From Mike Mount
CNN Pentagon Producer

WASHINGTON (CNN) — The U.S. Navy fired the captain and executive officer of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington on Wednesday because of a massive fire that damaged the ship in May, Navy officials said.

Both the captain and executive officer were relieved of duty Wednesday after a fire damaged the ship in May.

Both the captain and executive officer were relieved of duty Wednesday after a fire damaged the ship in May.

Capt. David C. Dykhoff and his executive officer, Capt. David M. Dober, were relieved of duty while the ship is in port in San Diego, California, for repairs.

The two were fired because of practices on their ship that Navy investigators believe led to the fire, Navy officials said.

The Navy officials said investigators believe the fire was started when a cigarette ignited material stored in an engineering room.

Investigators found flammable liquids stored in an engineering area of the ship, which is strictly prohibited. Investigators also found that sailors were allowed to smoke in the same engineering areas, considered another violation.

It is estimated that the damage to the ship will cost about $70 million to repair, the Navy officials said.

The carrier was due to replace the aging USS Kitty Hawk, which is forward-based in Japan, this summer, but the fire delayed the handover. The incident also worried the Japanese government, which had agreed to have the nuclear-powered George Washington replace the diesel-powered (Not diesel-powered. Oil-fired, steam turbine-powered – there’s a big difference – ed.)  Kitty Hawk despite the country’s long opposition to allowing nuclear ships dock there.

Navy officials said they expect the George Washington to be fully repaired and in Japan by the end of September.

And if one might think that this was just a slip up, here’s a few reminders why it wasn’t:

I heard enough sea stories at my dad’s metaphorical knee about shipboard fires to know better than these two dumbasses.




  1. Sehr geEhrter FFE

    A Modern American Aircraft Carrier … what an impressive toy

    This Eagle likes … Gimme [Give Me] a Score


    hWat dangers from Delusions de Grandeur

    Just think … hWat just one cigarette without malice almost achieved

    Would just ONE Iranian Missile sink the most impressive Britisch or Amerikan Carrier !!

    Alles gute et Tot siens

    G E

    Comment by G Eagle Esq — August 4, 2008 @ 4:43 pm

  2. M. Eagle,

    It’s not like the old days when one could divert aircraft to the other three, four or five carriers in the task group; hose off the burning fuel and flesh; push the wreckage over the side; bring up cutting torches, steel stock, timbers and cable and have the deck operational within 24-48 hours.

    A Silkworm probably wouldn’t sink a Nimitz-class hull (especially after the example-by-professional death set in San Diego last week), but it could very well ruin 6000 sailors’ collective day if enough were fired and one got through.

    Comment by Frontier Former Editor — August 4, 2008 @ 5:34 pm

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