U.S. Navy Ship Hit by Fire at NASSCO Shipyard

The amphibious dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) underway in the Arabian Gulf. U.S. Navy file photo.
The amphibious dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) underway in the Arabian Gulf. U.S. Navy file photo.

Navy and local firefighters in Portsmouth, Virginia responded Tuesday to a fire aboard a U.S. Navy amphibious dock landing ship.

The USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) was undergoing maintenance at NASSCO-Earl Industries shipyard in Portsmouth when the fire broke out at approximately 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Initial reports indicate that the fire began in an unmanned storeroom below the main deck. The ship’s in-port emergency fire team responded to the initial report and the Portsmouth Fire Department was notified and responded with multiple units.

The fire was declared out at approximately 5:25 p.m.

All personnel were accounted for. One Navy firefighter experienced a minor smoke inhalation injury but returned to duty.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.