Fire breaks out aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz

Posted at 12:26 PM, Jun 13, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-13 12:28:12-04

A fire broke out aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz in the ship’s electrical equipment while the ship was underway in the Indian Ocean on June 7th. The carrier was operating within U.S. 7th Fleet’s operating area.

No sailors were injured during the event or the response, and the ship and embarked air wing remain operable and in a safe, stable condition, according to the Navy.

The ship’s underway firefighting team and watchstanders responded to the electrical fire, set fire boundaries and extinguished the fire.

The extent of the damage remains to be determined. An assessment team, led by Puget Sound Naval Shipyard from Bremerton, Wash., is en route and will further evaluate the damage.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Nimitz is homeported in Naval Station Everett, Wash., and is on a scheduled deployment to the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts.