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.

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  • Kevin P.

    I put out several electrical fires while I was in the Navy, resolved some seriously flooded spaces, and had many engineering problems that cause serious problems, none of which made the news.

    Why now?

  • Capncraigagain

    Amazing! I served aboard the USS Saratoga in the mid eighties. We had minor Alpha, Bravo and Charlie fires every other day. With a crew of 4,000 to 7,000 sailors onboard such a massive and intricate modern warship fires are routine.

    The best news is that the US Navy has by far the best trained fire and damage control responders in the world.

    Imagine the scale of response required to save vessels like the USS Cole, USS Forrestal and the many others that had suffered catastrophic damages.

  • Ryan

    I was a fire boundryman. yay

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