Scratch one flattop

woodreau

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It’s not one of the nuclear powered carriers, but it’s one of the 10 amphibious assault ships.

there is already a shortage of amphibious lift, so this isn’t going to help matters.

it just got the flight deck upgrades to operate the Marine Corps F35s. So.... oopsies



fire is still not yet contained. But looks like this ship will be out a lot longer than planned If it ever comes back.
 

bustinminimums

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Kind of makes me wonder if they will bring the Pelileu or the Tarawa out of mothballs to fill in for the BHR until she gets repaired.
 

woodreau

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I doubt it - when they decommissioned those things, they cut big holes into the hull to remove the more useful machinery, so they'd have to find parts to put back in. Plus they wouldn;t be able to operate the F-35.

This will put a big hole in the deployment cycle of F-35 capable decks for the Expeditionary Strike Groups and force a deck that is coming off deployment to pull a second deployment - which would require an accelerated maintenance period for it to take care of the more urgent maintenance requirements before going back out.
 

bustinminimums

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I doubt it - when they decommissioned those things, they cut big holes into the hull to remove the more useful machinery, so they'd have to find parts to put back in. Plus they wouldn;t be able to operate the F-35.

This will put a big hole in the deployment cycle of F-35 capable decks for the Expeditionary Strike Groups and force a deck that is coming off deployment to pull a second deployment - which would require an accelerated maintenance period for it to take care of the more urgent maintenance requirements before going back out.
They were both pretty tired when they were decommissioned and I had no idea they were stripped down that far when they were put into mothballs.
 

Lawman

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This is my shocked face.
Bring back Keel Hauling.

Seriously if this is true that kid needs to be crucified for his actions. He put the strategic readiness of the nation he swore to defend and more importantly thousands of his “shipmates” at risk. It is a miracle nobody was killed in what was probably the greatest feat of damage control since either Forrestal or Stark.

Hang him from a Yardarm.


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woodreau

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definitely not diminishing the damage control efforts on the BHR. doctrinally, fire attack teams have a 15 minute on station time. A scba lasts 30 minutes after lighting off. so you’re always juggling the fire attack teams air supply when you send them inside the smoke boundary. and due to cable/hose runs that go thru watertight accesses because of the maintenance yard work which hindered the ability to set smoke and fire boundaries, attack crews were already on borrowed time as soon as they stepped onboard the ship - not even anywhere close to getting to a point where they could attack the fire.

Cole was a hard fought save too. The bombing knocked all 3 gas turbine generators offline. The crew couldn’t restore power as the generators kept tripping offline. So they had to fight the resulting fire and flooding and dewater with no power. They didn’t find the remains of the bombers until the ship got to the yard in Mississippi. months of spoiled organic matter in the nonoperating freezers and reefers masked the stench of the decomposing corpses.

this fire really hurt. It delays deployment of the F-35 for an expeditionary strike group. Forces the strike group to deploy with the Harriers or come up with some workaround until the next F-35 capable deck comes online. For now in the pacific there is only one f35 capable deck online and it’s forward deployed to Japan. BHR was supposed to the the first one on the west coast.
 
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