USS Nimitz Suffers Electrical Fire at Sea

USS Nimitz at sea. U.S. Navy photo
USS Nimitz at sea. U.S. Navy photo

An electrical, or class-charlie, fire broke out aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz while underway in the Indian Ocean last week according to a U.S. Navy statement on Thursday.

No Sailors were injured during the fire or response, and the ship was able to continue without disruption.

A U.S. Navy statement said the ship’s underway firefighting team and watchstanders responded to the electrical fire, set fire boundaries and extinguished the fire.

The extent of the damage has not yet been determined, and an assessment team, led by Puget Sound Naval Shipyard from Bremerton, Wash., is enroute and will further evaluate the damage, according to the statement.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Nimitz is homeported in Naval Station Everett, Washington, and is on a scheduled deployment to the 5th and 7th Fleet (SW Asia and Western Pacific) areas of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts.