Fire broke out aboard the littoral combat ship Coronado late Friday morning while the vessel was on its second day of sea trials in the Gulf of Mexico, a U.S. Navy official confirmed Saturday.
No one was injured in the accident, and early indications are that the damage was minor, the official said.
The incident happened as the ship was conducting a full power demonstration and running at high speed. Insulation on the starboard diesel exhaust first smoldered, then ignited but, according to the official, the flames were “extinguished immediately.”
Shortly after, the lagging on the port diesel exhaust repeated the sequence and again, the flames were immediately put out.
Running on its gas turbines, the Coronado returned to the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile,Alabama late Friday night to begin the incident assessment by representatives from the Navy, Austal USA, diesel builder MTU and others.
Initial expectations were that the incident would not trigger a major delay in the ship’s sea trials or completion. More