Fire on the Flight Deck

Fire is a ship’s mortal enemy. More ships have probably been lost to fire than any other cause. And aircraft carriers are virtual playgrounds for fire. So when  fire breaks out, sailor’s need to attack it instantly.

Via Neptunus Lex.


An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 113 experienced an engine fire following a touch-and-go landing aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) April 11. The pilot was able to execute a single-engine approach and land on board. Upon landing, the aircraft fuselage became engulfed in flames. Carl Vinson’s Crash and Salvage team, assigned to Air Department’s V-1 Division, responded immediately with the P-25 mobile fire fighting vehicle along with the flight deck emergency hose team. The aircraft fire was extinguished using aqueous film forming foam (AFFF), and the pilot exited the plane uninjured. No flight deck personnel were injured in the mishap.

I actually attended the flight deck firefighting course the Navy mandates that all sailors who will work on the roof must attend. It was a fascinating course.

Glad to see no one was hurt.