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6 Workers Injured in Blast on Navy Ship
Associated Press ^ | November 10, 2007

Posted on 11/10/2007 9:52:42 PM PST by yorkie

SAN DIEGO (AP) — An explosion in the hull of a Navy cruiser during routine maintenance injured six workers on Saturday, two of them critically, authorities said.

Subcontractors from the National Steel and Shipbuilding Co. were working in the fuel tank of the USS Lake Champlain as it sat in dry dock when the explosion occurred just after noon, said San Diego Fire Department spokesman Maurice Luque.

"Apparently it was caused by flammable gas that ignited," Luque said. "We don't know how or why."

Two of the workers were taken to UC San Diego Medical Center with "major trauma burns" that Luque said were life-threatening

(Excerpt) Read more at ap.google.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: sandiego; shipbuilding; usn; usslakechamplain

1 posted on 11/10/2007 9:52:43 PM PST by yorkie
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To: yorkie; Doohickey; patton

There ARE ways of working on (and in) an (empty) fuel tank safely....

Seems they’ve been in place since ... oh right about the early 1910’s or so.


2 posted on 11/10/2007 9:55:32 PM PST by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but Hillary's ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: yorkie

There is no more news at this time. Will update as information is available.

Prayers being sent for all those injured.


3 posted on 11/10/2007 9:57:44 PM PST by yorkie
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To: SmithL

Shipyard/EDO hazards ping.


4 posted on 11/10/2007 10:08:10 PM PST by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but Hillary's ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: yorkie

5 posted on 11/10/2007 10:15:40 PM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE; yorkie

I can’t imagine this happening without someone taking a shortcut. I hope they all recover.


6 posted on 11/10/2007 10:36:52 PM PST by SmithL (I don't do Barf Alerts, you're old enough to read and decide for yourself)
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To: SmithL; Brad's Gramma

My heart is heavy, right now, as two lay in critical condition. Prayers will continue.....


7 posted on 11/10/2007 10:40:01 PM PST by yorkie
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To: yorkie

An aluminum boat builder, welder and a friend of mine was killed last year while working on a fuel tank, I had taken in a 185 gallon fuel tank from a fishing boat months prior to have the aluminum rewelded and I spent 4 hours steam cleaning it before I even took it over but unfortunately the tank he was working on had a couple of gallons of gas in it and the force of it when it detonated crushed his chest and heart.

In a side note its another reason why I never drive with less than half a tank of gas in my truck, its not the liquid but the ratio of gas vapors and air thats so deadly, full tanks in a collision is safer.


8 posted on 11/10/2007 10:44:22 PM PST by Eye of Unk
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To: yorkie

Oh, crap. Sorry to hear this.

Prayers away.


9 posted on 11/10/2007 10:47:49 PM PST by dadgum
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To: yorkie; Pegita
Prayers extended for the men hurt in this terrible accident and for their families.

I toured the USS Lake Champlain this year during Seabee Days at Port Hueneme. The USS Lake Champlain is an incredible ship. It can go up to 30 knots, yet is large enough to carry two helicopters. It also carries some amazing weapons aboard.

10 posted on 11/10/2007 10:59:05 PM PST by bd476
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To: mfccinsd; Brad's Gramma; SoCalPol; merry10; DoughtyOne; Ernest_at_the_Beach; BurbankKarl
San Diego/Southern California Ping! Prayers extended for the critically injured workers and for their families.

The USS Lake Champlain is based in San Diego. This year I went on a tour of the USS Lake Champlain during Seabee Days at Port Hueneme. The USS Lake Champlain is a very fast ship yet large enough to carry two helicopters and house some amazing weapons.

11 posted on 11/10/2007 11:08:16 PM PST by bd476
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To: yorkie

“An explosion in the hull of a Navy cruiser....”

Cruiser!?

Prayers for those injured, and their families.


12 posted on 11/10/2007 11:11:00 PM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists...call 'em what you will...They ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: rockinqsranch

#5 posted a picture of the cruiser.


13 posted on 11/10/2007 11:12:10 PM PST by yorkie
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE

They are supposed to blow 100 PSI air in fuel tanks continuously for 24 hours before anybody goes in. Just like aircraft.


14 posted on 11/10/2007 11:24:25 PM PST by BobS (I><P>)
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To: yorkie

Prayers go out for the injured. I pray they all make a complete recovery.


15 posted on 11/10/2007 11:32:43 PM PST by NRA2BFree
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To: yorkie

The USS Lake Champlain
"Follow the Leader"

Photo taken by Phillip Zarate November 1, 2007
16 posted on 11/10/2007 11:35:10 PM PST by bd476
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To: yorkie

WOW! Had to update on what a Cruiser was nowadays. I noticed in reading at the Navy site that at one point these Aegis Cruisers even used a Destroyer hull in past incarnations. Smaller than what I knew of as a Cruiser, but so be it.

Our prayers for those six injured and their families.


17 posted on 11/10/2007 11:37:38 PM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists...call 'em what you will...They ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: yorkie
working in the fuel tank of the USS Lake Champlain as it sat in dry dock when the explosion occurred

Sounds like somebody blew off the gas-free verification check on the tank. Here's another hint: you still need to do it if you're working on the outside of the tank. Heating up the outside of the tank sufficiently will cause explosive content to go boom. A couple of maintenance guys at Hill AFB found this out the hard way in the mid-1990s.

18 posted on 11/10/2007 11:38:04 PM PST by Excuse_My_Bellicosity (Oh, the huge manatee!!!)
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To: yorkie

UPDATE:

http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5jHqOARVKs84F3KTog3mADjzeVJYQD8SR9KK80

Only one now in critical condition. Prayers working! Please continue with prayer to Our Heavenly Father to place His Healing Hand on all the victims, and most urgently on the burned body of the most severely burned.


19 posted on 11/10/2007 11:53:53 PM PST by yorkie
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To: yorkie

Islamics?


20 posted on 11/10/2007 11:55:49 PM PST by balch3
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To: yorkie

Seems a lot of this happening lately:

Fire on Navy ship hurts 5
Deseret News (Salt Lake City), Sep 16, 2007

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A small fire broke out aboard a Navy guided missile cruiser Saturday, injuring five civilian workers, officials said. The USS Leyte Gulf was undergoing repairs and a renovation when the fire started Saturday morning, Norfolk Fire and Rescue Battalion Chief Bruce Evans said.

The ship, a Ticonderoga-class cruiser, was docked at BAE Systems Ship Repair Systems. The fire occurred two decks below the main deck, Evans said.


21 posted on 11/11/2007 12:07:16 AM PST by tlb
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To: milford421

Ping.


22 posted on 11/11/2007 12:16:01 AM PST by nw_arizona_granny (This is "Be an Angel Day", do something nice for someone today.)
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To: rockinqsranch

It’s actually a Spruance class destroyer hull, but due to the weapons suite, it’s desginated a cruiser.


23 posted on 11/11/2007 1:28:54 AM PST by Doctor Raoul (Columbia = Ayatollah U.)
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To: BobS

Ships wheelerize (sp)and certify by the ships gas free engineer. Of course the contractor will test for explosive vapors too before cutting or welding. Wheelerizing is basically washing with hot soapy water and flushing.
Jack


24 posted on 11/11/2007 3:05:35 AM PST by btcusn (Giving up the right to arms is a mistake a free people get to make only once.)
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE

Whoops. Who was the gas-free engineer on that job?


25 posted on 11/11/2007 5:28:44 AM PST by Doohickey (Giuliani: Brokeback Republican)
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To: All

There is nothing new to report this morning, except that one worker remains in critical condition.

http://canadianpress.google.com/article/ALeqM5h3ugehplOmwCX3OoBriIEs8_WcVQ

The ship was dry-docked, and they still don’t know why the explosion occurred.

Prayers for the injured worker continue.


26 posted on 11/11/2007 9:20:22 AM PST by yorkie
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To: bd476

Thanks for the ping.
Saw this on our local news last night.
The Ship yards here in San Diego have good reords,
Besides repair, there is major ship building for years for New navy and cargo ships.


27 posted on 11/11/2007 4:02:14 PM PST by SoCalPol (Duncan Hunter '08 Tough on WOT & Illegals)
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To: SoCalPol

Nassco built mine.


28 posted on 11/11/2007 5:21:54 PM PST by 359Henrie (38 million illegals create a big carbon footprint. The real inconvenient truth.)
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