Just my .02, but based on what I’m seeing/hearing, I think the Bonnie Dick is done for…
Some pics from various sources tell the story.
Forward mast collapsed due to superstructure melting out from under it
Holes burned through from the hangar deck to the flight deck. Helos were dropping water in these holes to try to put out the fire on the hangar deck.
The hangar deck looking up toward the superstructure through a hole in the flight deck.
Not sure where this is, other than deeper in the ship. Massive damage, melted/warped steel bulkheads.
2 years, millions of dollars of upgrades lost, a ship that will not be able to be returned to service soon, if ever, and a heavier load on the remaining ships until one of the old ships can be brought back from the White Fleet to pick up the load.
A lesson learned about keeping at least ONE firefighting system operable on a ship when it’s in upkeep/maintenance…
But no lives were lost, and kudos to the duty section and away fire parties from the other ships at the pier that managed to contain the fire and keep the ship from sinking at the pier. You did the best you could with what you had, in the best traditions of the Navy, you NEVER gave up. Thank you.