Nine injured after US Navy aircraft carrier suffers onboard fire

The US Navy aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln underway in the Atlantic Ocean during a strait transit exercise, January 30, 2019. (Photo: US Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Clint Davis)

Nine US Navy sailors suffered minor injuries after a fire ignited on board the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln on Tuesday, November 29.

The navy said in a press release that the carrier was conducting routine operations approximately 30 miles (48 kilometres) off the coast of Southern California when the incident occurred.

The fire was quickly identified and extinguished through the crew’s firefighting efforts, allowing the ship to continue to operate in the area shortly afterwards.

The injured crewmembers were later treated aboard Lincoln. All nine have since been released from the ship’s medical department.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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