Losses and Aviation Safety

9 Sailors reported Minor Injuries after Fire Aboard Aircraft Carrier USS Abraham Lincoln

On the morning of November 29, 2022, there was a fire aboard Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72).

The crew of USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) extinguished a fire that broke out Tuesday, US 3rd Fleet announced on Nov. 30, 2022 in a statement.

According to the press release ‘On the morning of November 29, 2022, there was a fire aboard Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). The fire was quickly identified and extinguished through the crew’s fire-fighting efforts. Nine Sailors aboard are reported to have suffered minor injuries and have been treated aboard the ship.

‘Abraham Lincoln was conducting routine operations approximately 30 miles off the coast of Southern California when the incident occurred. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Abraham Lincoln will continue to operate in the area.

‘[…] UPDATE Nov. 30: The nine Sailors who reported minor injuries aboard Abraham Lincoln have all been released from the ship’s medical department.’

Lincoln is currently operating approximately 30 miles off the coast of southern California and will continue to do so despite the fire, Lt. Samuel Boyle, 3rd Fleet spokesperson, told USNI News.

Boyle could not give a damage assessment of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier other than to say it is, “still operating.”

The fire was “quickly” extinguished by crew without assistance from other units, Boyle said. He did not have a specific timeline for when the fire was reported and put out.

Nine sailors reported minor injuries, with the majority of them coming from dehydration, Boyle said.

Lincoln departed San Diego earlier this week for a sustainment underway, according to ship spotters. The strike group returned from a more than seven-month deployment in August to the Western Pacific.

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Homeported in San Diego, California, USS Abraham Lincoln is America’s fifth Nimitz-class aircraft carrier. The ship was named in honor of our nation’s 16th president and is the second ship in the US Navy to bear his name.

Abraham Lincoln is part of Carrier Strike Group Three (CSG-3) with Carrier Air Wing Nine (CVW-9) embarked, with Abraham Lincoln as the flagship of the strike group.

CVW-9 consists of eight squadrons and a fleet logistics support squadron:

Image: PACIFIC OCEAN (July 28, 2022) The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) sails in formation during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2022. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Aleksandr Freutel)

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Dario Leone

Dario Leone is an aviation, defense and military writer. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviation Geek Club” one of the world’s most read military aviation blogs. His writing has appeared in The National Interest and other news media. He has reported from Europe and flown Super Puma and Cougar helicopters with the Swiss Air Force.

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