3 yard periods,and never once did a drill with the base FD.
There's a whole lot of ivory-tower opinioning going on around here.
For any actual shipboard Navy veterans:
Was there ever a time when you heard of an actual drill with the civilian or base fire department for a fire that had gotten out of control when a ship was pierside, let alone in a major availability period? (just one, never mind "frequent")
I read the articles about all the senior officers who are "responsible" in this case, and I have to wonder what those investigators are using as their reference. All the blame here can lead to terrific lessons learned to improve things for the future, but I claim it is absolute crap to pretend that the environment was any different for this ship, or this base, or this day, than it has been for many years. Absolute crap.
I served on three ships, two in senior engineering department roles, and I still haven't lost the habit of checking the tag on any fire extinguisher I walk past. And the COs of my ships had the reputation as, well, bad guys, for their insistence on cleanliness during a yard period.
But for all that, a punk who had a mind to sabotage early on a Sunday morning would probably get away with creating major damage.
So the ravings about keelhauling and all the rest sound like the opinions of someone who has never been there.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Navy report has concluded there were sweeping failures by commanders, crew members and others that fueled the July 2020 arson fire that destroyed the USS Bonhomme Richard, calling the massive five-day blaze in San Diego preventable and unacceptable.
While one sailor has been charged with setting the fire, the more than 400-page report, obtained by The Associated Press, lists three dozen officers and sailors whose failings either directly led to the ship’s loss or contributed to it. The findings detailed widespread lapses in training, coordination, communication, fire preparedness, equipment maintenance and overall command and control.
“Although the fire was started by an act of arson, the ship was lost due to an inability to extinguish the fire,” the report said, concluding that “repeated failures” by an “inadequately prepared crew” delivered “an ineffective fire response.”