9 Sailors Suffer Minor Injuries in Fire Aboard Aircraft Carrier USS Abraham Lincoln

November 30, 2022 2:34 PM
USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) sails in formation during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2022, July 28, 2022. US Navy Photo

The crew of USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) extinguished a fire that broke out Tuesday, U.S. 3rd Fleet announced Wednesday.

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. The sailors were treated aboard Lincoln, according to the 3rd Fleet release.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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.

Heather Mongilio

Heather Mongilio

Heather Mongilio is a reporter with USNI News. She has a master’s degree in science journalism and has covered local courts, crime, health, military affairs and the Naval Academy.
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