The high risk is an accepted part of the procedure, and steps are taken to minimize the risk. The cause of the fire and extent of the damage has not been released but the ship left port to conduct sea trials as scheduled. Navy Times The fire aboard the Project 11435 aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov has killed at least two. Many ships add additional watchstanders to inspect bags and boxes leaving the ship to prevent theft and keep honest people honest. Avoidable shipyard accidents are sidelining far too many modern American ships. Matt Phillips is a retired surface warfare officer and naval strategist, and current consultant with WBB, Inc. That criticism came in a monthly status report message in May 2019, documenting the lack of fire safety in the Pascagoula, Mississippi, shipyard as “a major concern on this project and I am extremely concerned that we are on a path to have a catastrophic fire event on board.” Fitzgerald was undergoing $523 million in repairs after a 2017 collision cost 10 lives. General Dynamics, the parent corporation of the National Steel and Shipbuilding Company shipyard in San Diego responsible for the Bonhomme Richard’s maintenance and upgrades, reported $706 million in earnings in first-quarter 2020, on an estimated $8.75 billion in revenue. Miami became the first submarine to conduct combat operations in two theaters since World War II (Operation Desert Fox and Operation Allied Force).. 2012 fire. Continued disregard for basic shipyard safety will lead to a repeat of the 1960 shipyard conflagration of the USS Constellation (CV 64), where 50 workers died and 330 others were injured. The Russians are lucky they only lost two lives. But when the inevitable fires do occur, the Navy should hold the responsible parties at fault, not just with words but financially, and ensure that the impacts and damages are not shouldered by sailors who already have too much on their plates. Command Investigation into the Collision Involving USS San Jacinto (CG 56) and USS Montpelier (SSN 765) San Jacinto-Montpelier FOIA Request Response Letter. In the case of the Miami submarine fire in 2012, the fire occurred in the Navy shipyard in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, making the Navy financially responsible whether the ship or shipyard was at fault. The Ministry of Defence has not publicly commented but there is widespread speculation that funding and personnel shortfalls have been a major factor in the delays. Become a Member . In yet another warning flag for the U.S. Navy, the commanding officer of the USS Fitzgerald criticized the Ingalls shipbuilding yard for more than 15 fire safety incidents. The estimate to repair the damaged combat system on the Oscar Austin is $16 million and will delay the destroyer’s return to the fleet until at least 2022. The fragile state of shipbuilding and repair in the United States requires the Navy to repeatedly forgive and forget, or at least, forgive. U.S. Back in 2012, America lost a far more valuable asset, the multi-billion dollar attack submarine USS Miami (SSN 755), because a shipyard worker, eager to leave work early, set the sub on fire.
On Nov. 14, 2019, the Bonhomme Richard’s sister ship the USS Iwo Jima suffered a fire in Mayport, Florida, during a maintenance availability. Everyone onboard — contractors and crew alike — work in helmets, goggles, and hearing protection. executive for naval shipbuilder Austal USA, helping deliver Littoral This year, after a spate of shipyard fires and avoidable shipyard accidents, America’s naval community needs to wake up to the fact that the Navy is primed to be the next victim of a shipyard catastrophe. Live: What The Presidential Election Results Mean For Your Money, EY & Citi On The Importance Of Resilience And Innovation, Impact 50: Investors Seeking Profit — And Pushing For Change. In the U.S., things are getting worse. Most naval officers will agree that the time spent in major maintenance periods is exponentially tougher in every respect than deployments and advanced exercises at sea. There will certainly be some accountability in the case of Bonhomme Richard, and changes to both policy and procedure within maintenance and overhaul periods. A shortage of funding and personnel inevitably increases the risk of fire or other mishap. Navy officials said the fire did not endanger the sub’s nuclear reactor. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. But America’s shipyard safety record isn’t something to gloat over. The contract to build her was awarded to the Electric Boat division of General … USS James E Williams Investigation Part 2. It’s hot without air conditioning and industrial work causes tremendous noise. With the decks covered and the ship’s passageways cluttered with extra hoses and wires, it feels completely foreign. Taking pleasure in a rival’s pain is a natural thing, but this latest Russian safety debacle should be a wake-up call for America’s busy naval shipyards. There is nothing released publicly to indicate that shipyards or their parent companies are held accountable for incidents such as the Bonhomme Richard, Oscar Austin, or Iwo Jima — no announcements of penalties or fines paid by the contractor, and no losses of future maintenance contracts that are attributed to these fire incidents. In December of 2019, the Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov suffered from a fire that killed two and injured at least 11.