The super-hot blaze aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard at Naval Base San Diego is now on its day-3, said KPBS.
However, Navy officials reported late this morning that the vessel appeared to have escaped irreparable harm.
Rear Adm. Philip Sobeck told reporters during a briefing at the naval base south of downtown San Diego:
“The ship is stable, and (its) structure is safe.”
He noted that the fire poses no active threat to the vessel’s fuel tanks.
Which Sobeck described as “well below any active fire or heat sources.”
Still No Cause Of The Fire
Sobeck claimed the cause of the fire is still unknown.
“Going forward, the Navy will do a thorough investigation of the incident.
“(This is) to assess the cause of the fire (and) damage to the ship.
“But right now … my focus and our focus remain putting the fire out and keeping our ship base safe.”
Such a blaze had an ecological impact on its surroundings.
As a precaution, the U.S. Coast Guard is imposing a one-nautical-mile safety zone on the waters around the ship.
Also, there is a no-fly zone up to 3,000 feet in the air from the area.
USCG personnel also were assessing “environmental sensitivities” of the fire.
They added they contracted an oil-spill response organization.
This is “to preemptively deploy protective boom to guard against any potential environmental concerns.”
This is according to a statement from the federal maritime agency.
National City residents are in danger of smelling smoke from the blaze.
Local health officials advised residents to remain inside their homes as much as possible.
Good Man Richard
The Bonhomme Richard is French which means “Good Man Richard.”
It is the third warship in U.S. naval history to bear the name.
Also, this is in honor of Benjamin Franklin’s Poor Richard’s Almanac.
The vessel has been homeported at Naval Base San Diego since the spring of 2018.
It was from a six-year port switch to Sasebo, Japan.
The ship also became the command ship for Navy Expeditionary Strike Group Seven.