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

Aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln suffers electrical fire in port at NAS North Island. No injuries reported.

By Dario Leone
Jun 30 2023
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Aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln suffers electrical fire

According to the US Navy, an electrical fire broke out in the compartment of an emergency generator aboard aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) on Jun. 28, 2023 while the ship was pierside.

USNI News reported that while the crew quickly put out the fire, non-essential sailors did briefly evacuate. There were no injuries.

Cmdr. Zachary Harrell, the spokesperson for Commander, Naval Air Forces, said in a statement that “At approximately 2 pm PST on June 28, 2023, the in-port emergency team aboard aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) responded to an electrical fire in the forward emergency diesel generator compartment.”

Harrell pointed out that “The crew immediately secured power to the effected component and the fire was extinguished at approximately 2:10 pm.”

The Navy is currently assessing the extent of damage to the ship, he said. Foul play is not suspected.

According to USNI News Lincoln is currently at Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego, Calif., for a scheduled maintenance availability. The ship deployed last year to the Indo-Pacific and came home to San Diego in August.

As already reported, the crew of USS Abraham Lincoln already extinguished a fire that broke out on Nov. 29, 2022.

Also on that occasion the fire was quickly identified and extinguished through the crew’s fire-fighting efforts. Nine Sailors aboard suffered minor injuries and have been treated aboard the ship.

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Abraham Lincoln was conducting routine operations approximately 30 miles off the coast of Southern California when the incident occurred.

USS Abraham Lincoln

USS Abraham Lincoln is America’s fifth Nimitz-class aircraft carrier. The ship was named in honor of the 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:

  • Strike Fighter Squadron 41 (VFA-41) “Black Aces” with Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornets
  • Strike Fighter Squadron 14 (VFA-14) “Tophatters” with F/A-18E Super Hornets
  • Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 314 (VMFA-314) “Black Knights” with Lockheed Martin F-35C Lightning IIs
  • Strike Fighter Squadron 151 (VFA-151) “Vigilantes” with F/A-18E Super Hornets
  • Electronic Attack Squadron 133 (VAQ-133) “Wizards” with Boeing EA-18G Growlers
  • Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 117 (VAW-117) “Wallbangers” with Northrop Grumman E-2D Hawkeyes
  • Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 14 (HSC-14) “Chargers” with Sikorsky MH-60S Seahawks
  • Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 71 (HSM-71) “Raptors” with MH-60R Seahawks
  • Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 30 Detachment 2 (VRM-30) “Titans” with Bell Boeing CMV-22B Osprey

Photo credit: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Aleksandr Freutel

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Dario Leone

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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