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mr. jingles
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Update on uss bonhome Richard (LHD 6)
Friend brought a friend over whos an MM from the ship. He was pretty wasted and pretty upset that there was nothing he could do.

Because they were in the yards (think of like a maintenance bay) everything was open and tagged out for scheduled repairs.

There was an electrical fire that started and went into one of the open fuel tanks and it went up from there.

It spread to thier armory and munitions and to other fuel tanks and the whole ship was engulfed.

Absolutely nothing they could do to stop the fires.

Its gonna pretty much burn until they make the call to tug it out into the ocean.

This is Every sailors worst nightmare being in the shipyards and very unfortunate.

Some lived on the ship and now they got nothing.

Being prior navy it hits home and knowing what they are going through.

Luckily it did happen in port and because it was the weekend not many were on the ship. Other than burns and smoke inhalation everyone is safe from the fire.
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Thank God!
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Good. At least no injuries.

What a bloody mess.
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Update from locally.. There is an unbelievable powerful chemical smell all over San Diego inland now. Twitter going nuts about it. You can't go outside at all, totally unbearable. Way way way worse than our big fires.

I am 10 miles from there.

Numerous posts about it popping up.

[link to twitter.com (secure)]

News said it is not toxic.. and we will have it for DAYS.

I can't over state how overpowering it is.
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It’s very ominous

So many enemies inside our gates

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Thanks for updates OP

Glad everyone made it out
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Update from locally.. There is an unbelievable powerful chemical smell all over San Diego inland now. Twitter going nuts about it. You can't go outside at all, totally unbearable. Way way way worse than our big fires.

I am 10 miles from there.

Numerous posts about it popping up.

[link to twitter.com (secure)]

News said it is not toxic.. and we will have it for DAYS.

I can't over state how overpowering it is.
 Quoting: Tangy


It can be smelled just before entering la mesa
Smells of diesel

National city was engulfed in smoke
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Lets hope it is just a random event. Thank God none of our brave men and women serving this country were injured.
I am SNOWIE. WELCOME TO THE NEW ICE AGE. TRY NOT TO STARVE.
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Update from locally.. There is an unbelievable powerful chemical smell all over San Diego inland now. Twitter going nuts about it. You can't go outside at all, totally unbearable. Way way way worse than our big fires.

I am 10 miles from there.

Numerous posts about it popping up.

[link to twitter.com (secure)]

News said it is not toxic.. and we will have it for DAYS.

I can't over state how overpowering it is.
 Quoting: Tangy


It can be smelled just before entering la mesa
Smells of diesel

National city was engulfed in smoke
 Quoting: mr. jingles


**edited to add** smells more like bleach and plastic here.

Yeah, seems La Mesa, El Cajon, SDSU area are getting the worst of it.

Air Quality Update - 7/12/20

Due to the ship fire burning in San Diego harbor, localized areas of smoke have occurred in areas of San Diego County. As a result fine particulates, or PM2.5 concentrations, may reach unhealthful levels in some smoke impacted areas.

In areas of heavy smoke, assume that air quality levels are unhealthy for sensitive groups to unhealthy for all individuals. In areas with minor smoke impacts, assume that air quality levels range from moderate to unhealthy for sensitive groups.

In areas where you smell smoke it is advised that you limit physical activity. If possible, stay indoors to limit your exposure to fine particulate matter.

[link to www.sandiegocounty.gov (secure)]

[link to www.sandiegocounty.gov (secure)]

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“Not toxic” Hahaha sure!
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“Not toxic” Hahaha sure!
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I know.. ugh.. And we are supposed to have it for days!
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Lets hope it is just a random event. Thank God none of our brave men and women serving this country were injured.
 Quoting: Icey


Yeah, that was very lucky for sure.
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Well, there goes a billion dollars.

America needs a modernized version of the Wasp Class(Escort Carrier+troop transport). America now only has seven of these ships(should have 20).

The USS Bonhome Richard, was the flagship of the Expeditionary Strike Group 3. Which took part in the first Gulf War, the Somali Civil War, and the Second Gulf War.

So it could be a terrorist attack.
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Well, there goes a billion dollars.

America needs a modernized version of the Wasp Class(Escort Carrier+troop transport). America now only has seven of these ships(should have 20).

The USS Bonhome Richard, was the flagship of the Expeditionary Strike Group 3. Which took part in the first Gulf War, the Somali Civil War, and the Second Gulf War.

So it could be a terrorist attack.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 6259773


You know..yeah.

I'm not sure I'm buying the "wee electrical malfunction" headline.

That's what they told the press.

That doesn't necessarily have anything to do with what actually happened.

Something doesn't add up.

That is among the most highly maintained pieces of equipment in the world.

Electrical malfunction.

Ok.
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1000 sailors couldn't put out the fire.

Our navy Is fucked.
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Listening to maritime vhf channel 10.. For anyone local, you should be listening in.. This is crazy, you can hear them trying to plan what to do.

Mast could go.. Superstructure is now burning.. Air drops, huge fire down below deck, and they can see down 2 decks.

My son is streaming it, but we'll probably go to bed soon, so it may not be on long.

[link to ctrlv.tv (secure)]

click the light yellow bar with link if you dont hear it right away.

If you hear my son and I talking, just ignore it haha..

Last Edited by Tangy on 07/13/2020 03:28 AM
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1000 sailors couldn't put out the fire.

Our navy Is fucked.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 76503355


There is usually 1000, but 160 sailors and 200 total on ship, civilians also, because it is Sunday.
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Re: Update on uss bonhome Richard (LHD 6)
Listening to maritime vhf channel 10.. For anyone local, you should be listening in.. This is crazy, you can hear them trying to plan what to do.

Mast could go.. Superstructure is now burning.. Air drops, huge fire down below deck, and they can see down 2 decks.

My son is streaming it, but we'll probably go to bed soon, so it may not be on long.

[link to ctrlv.tv (secure)]

click the light yellow bar with link if you dont hear it right away.

If you hear my son and I talking, just ignore it haha..
 Quoting: Tangy


How much hardware/aircraft where on it when it caught fire?

The ship itself is worth $1-5 Billion USD(adjusted for inflation), but with the fighters and other aircraft.....
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Listening to maritime vhf channel 10.. For anyone local, you should be listening in.. This is crazy, you can hear them trying to plan what to do.

Mast could go.. Superstructure is now burning.. Air drops, huge fire down below deck, and they can see down 2 decks.

My son is streaming it, but we'll probably go to bed soon, so it may not be on long.

[link to ctrlv.tv (secure)]

click the light yellow bar with link if you dont hear it right away.

If you hear my son and I talking, just ignore it haha..
 Quoting: Tangy


How much hardware/aircraft where on it when it caught fire?

The ship itself is worth $1-5 Billion USD(adjusted for inflation), but with the fighters and other aircraft.....
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 6259773


I have no idea on that. I read somewher that most of the aircraft besides training is removed before it even docks. But I honestly have zero idea.

Just checked outside.. Still have the chemical smell. Weird how it is localized around here, and nothing down at the beach.
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Re: Update on uss bonhome Richard (LHD 6)
Listening to maritime vhf channel 10.. For anyone local, you should be listening in.. This is crazy, you can hear them trying to plan what to do.

Mast could go.. Superstructure is now burning.. Air drops, huge fire down below deck, and they can see down 2 decks.

My son is streaming it, but we'll probably go to bed soon, so it may not be on long.

[link to ctrlv.tv (secure)]

click the light yellow bar with link if you dont hear it right away.

If you hear my son and I talking, just ignore it haha..
 Quoting: Tangy


I should mention, he is monitoring 3 stations, so you will hear the others also. Channel 16 international distress, and another one they were on earlier before they changed to 10.
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I think they have a “fire sprinkler” system that may have

Been shut down for repairs on the sprinkler system or

Other systems that may have been “connected”...

That that is something I read- Not something

I know to be true.
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Re: Update on uss bonhome Richard (LHD 6)
They have stopped for the night, but my son is going to replay the last hour, for any interested.
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Re: Update on uss bonhome Richard (LHD 6)
video from a couple hours ago.

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From a few minutes ago:

Fire in the CONEX boxes on the flight deck forward.

CIWS aft of the bridge collapsed.

#BonhommeRichard now developing a more pronounced starboard list

FDs have set up fire monitors on the pier to hit the ship defensively.

[link to twitter.com (secure)]
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1000 sailors couldn't put out the fire.

Our navy Is fucked.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 76503355


There is usually 1000, but 160 sailors and 200 total on ship, civilians also, because it is Sunday.
 Quoting: Tangy


You could have 5000 sailors and it wouldn't matter

In this particular situation there are no barriers because of being in the yards. Theres hoses, vents, pipes in the door ways, doors and scuttles are missing for restoration or waiting on new ones. They cant section off the fire and isolate.

If they were out in the sea and 100% operational it would be a way different story and theyd be able to isolate, contain, and stop the fire.

Sailors want to be on that ship and stop it but they wont allow them to do it. They are only letting small teams to go in. Not only the sailors attached to the ship dont want to watch it burn down into the water, but there are hundreds of volunteers from other ships wanting to get in and fight.

This is the worst fire the navys had since the 60s
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WHAT??? the BONHOMME RICHARD ??

That was the of Admiral John Paul Jones ship in
the famous battle when he was asked to surrender
and hailed back "I HAVE NOT YET BEGUN TO FIGHT!"

SYMBOLISM?
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sorry in haste ...meant "name of"
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Live

still significant fire going on.


[link to www.youtube.com (secure)]


My son will probably stream the local maritime vhf stations later. I'll post link when he does.

I haven't gone outside to see how the smell is. After doing so last night, I had a lingering metalic taste in mouth.. Creepy.
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hugs
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1000 sailors couldn't put out the fire.

Our navy Is fucked.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 76503355


I doubt any were on board.

Here's why:

1) during a refit most of the crew bunks ashore.

2) the reason it burned so badly is that most of the crew were not on board and refit crews are not trained to put out fires.

3) during refit many of the hatches are removed to allow equipment to be moved through the ship meaning they could not close off areas that were burning

4) The ordinance carried on board is minimal.
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I might try that next year, if there is a next year. I tried to grow them in Texas. Not too successful! LOL
 Quoting: Texan Buckeye


It will be my first time trying them. We'll see!

So far son isn't finding the same crews he found last night using vhf.. Really unfortunate because they were openly discussing everything! He is looking to find them again. They changed channels 3 times last night. 77, 16 then 10.
 Quoting: Tangy


FOUND THEM!! They did change channels again lol..

Here is the live stream.

[link to ctrlv.tv (secure)]

Quiet for the moment, they are re fueling.

Today on channel 13, also monitoring 10 and 16.

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12 Live streams from San Diego cams all on this channel.. Some of the ship.

[link to www.youtube.com (secure)]


Here's one of the ship.

this one also running Audio - is a mixed feed of VHF marine radio channels 12, 13, 16 & 22A.

Basically same as my son is running.


[link to www.youtube.com (secure)]





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