USS Miami on fire.

#1
I was not certain whether this should go in the "US" forum but since this is breaking and ongoing I thought I would post it here; especially as it involves a SSN.

USS Miami caught fire before 1800 today (Wednesday) while in drydock at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine. From video on the TV at 2300 the fire is still burning inside the sub. Her reactor reactor was in cold shutdown for overhaul and there was no ordinance on board.

A foam fire truck is on it's way from Boston's Logan Airport at this time as well as a US Navy fire truck from Groton, Connecticut. They will assist the Maine and New Hampshire firefighters working on the fire now. (Portsmouth Naval Shipyard sits on the Maine/New Hampshire border). There are reports that several firefighter have been brought to hospital.

Submarine At Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Catches Fire « CBS Boston



Fire still burning aboard nuclear-powered USS Miami | SeacoastOnline.com


Note: Miami is a Los Angeles Class (SSN 688) fast attack sub. Of the original 62 ships in the class only 42 remain in active service.
 
#3
Oh god, they will be blaming it on some terrorist organisation and using it as an excuse to invade some little tin pot country.
Having been there when wife worked there the terrorists might have a difficult job getting near the nukes.
 
#4
Having been there when wife worked there the terrorists might have a difficult job getting near the nukes.
Having spent a little time on US camps in Germany I would beg to differ. They still need to blame someone.

Anyway, I note that they state that the reactor wasn't operating at the time. Thats good then, whether it was or was not, if the fire gets to it, its not going to be a very good situation for the chaps there.
 
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#5
I was not certain whether this should go in the "US" forum but since this is breaking and ongoing I thought I would post it here; especially as it involves a SSN.

USS Miami caught fire before 1800 today (Wednesday) while in drydock at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine. From video on the TV at 2300 the fire is still burning inside the sub. Her reactor reactor was in cold shutdown for overhaul and there was no ordinance on board.

A foam fire truck is on it's way from Boston's Logan Airport at this time as well as a US Navy fire truck from Groton, Connecticut. They will assist the Maine and New Hampshire firefighters working on the fire now. (Portsmouth Naval Shipyard sits on the Maine/New Hampshire border). There are reports that several firefighter have been brought to hospital.
That's nasty - I hope everyone is OK.
 
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#9
Squaddie logic says its a sub, open the doors and let it sink? However that would be difficult and expensive although possibly only scratch the paint on the US defence budget!
If security is tight you can be sure someone is checking the firefighers security clearance!
 
#10
Oh god, they will be blaming it on some terrorist organisation and using it as an excuse to invade some little tin pot country.
**** do I need to get the SLR and 58 pat webbing out.
 

ugly

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#11
**** do I need to get the SLR and 58 pat webbing out.
No but in true Capt Mainwaring style I will be expecting you to hand it over and I'll sort you an armband out!
 
#12
No but in true Capt Mainwaring style I will be expecting you to hand it over and I'll sort you an armband out!
Excellent, thanks!!
 
#13
Uncalled for, and this isn't the NAFFI.
It was a humorous remark. No need to get the hump over it. In fact I will give it a jolly good liking as I found it quite topical, taking into account weapons of mass destruction, lack thereof and in connection with Iraq.

Hope no one is hurt there though.
 
#14
USS Miami caught fire before 1800 today (Wednesday)

Note: Miami is a Los Angeles Class (SSN 688) fast attack sub. Of the original 62 ships in the class only 41 remain in active service.
Corrected :)

Though, thats still more than we have ships in our entire Navy, though we probably have more Admirals ;)

Any video footage?
 
#16
.... As to the reactor, I seem to recall from when the wife worked there that the subs have all fuel removed while under overhaul. There are only a few locations where subs refuel and Portsmouth is or was one of them.
As it's only been there for three months, even if they were planning on de-fuelling the reactor, they wouldn't be at that stage yet.


Squaddie logic says its a sub, open the doors and let it sink? However that would be difficult and expensive although possibly only scratch the paint on the US defence budget!
If security is tight you can be sure someone is checking the firefighers security clearance!
Fireman logic says the same thing. Warspite was nearly sunk alongside in Liverpool on the wishes of the Liverpool Fire Chief. As for security, all the local firefighters would have clearance, and would have also had orientation visits.
 
#18
Just a bit of an update from assorted media sources, TV news here etc.

A total of 6 firefighters have been injured and taken to hospital so far. It sounds like smoke and heat exposure and none are said to be in serious condition. Apparently no injuries to USN or yard staff.

I would presume that the USN firefighters from Groton/New London subbase in Connecticut are there by now and should have better knowledge of shipboard firefighting. Also, USAF sent trucks and firefighters from Hanscom AFB in Bedford, Massachusetts (15 miles NW of Boston).

The more I hear the more I wonder if Miami will be a writeoff.

For those who may be curious if you go to Google Maps and enter "Portsmouth Naval Shipyard NH" you should get a birdeye view of the place. Most of the base is on an island in the harbour between New Hampshire and Maine.
 
#19
But why did the shipyard not have a foam fire engine? (If they're sourcing one from Connecticut)
 
#20
A fire going on for a few hours suggests something other than diesel burning.

Possibly a metal fire, in which case water or foam is not going to be effective in putting it out.
The Warspite fire was a diesel-based fire, and that was protracted. Google it, there's a good report on it somewhere.
 

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