Fire aboard USS Abraham Lincoln injures nine

Nine sailors were injured in a fire aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln off the coast of California

A fire aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln off the coast of California has injured 9 sailors (Image: AFP/Getty)

A fire aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln has injured nine sailors, according to the US Navy.

The fire broke out Tuesday morning on the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, which operates about 30 miles off the California coast.

Sailors were able to quickly determine the location of the fire and extinguish it, but not before nine unidentified sailors were injured in the blaze.

How the fire started is still unclear at this time. The cause of the fire is currently being investigated by the Navy.

The USS Abraham Lincoln sails with Japanese warships during a military exercise (Credits: AP)

The injured sailors were treated on board the ship, which will remain at sea after the incident.

At least six seafarers were treated for dehydration. The Navy has not disclosed the injuries of the other 3 sailors at this time.

“There are currently no plans for the Lincoln to return to her homeport as a result of the fire,” said Fleet Spokesman Lt. Samuel Boyle to

“The crew is training for this and they have responded quickly and effectively,” said Lt. Boyle.

The Abraham Lincoln is part of the US 3rd Fleet based in San Diego. About 5,000 sailors are on board the aircraft carrier.

This isn’t the first problem the Navy has faced in Southern California this year. On June 4, a Navy fighter pilot at Lemoore Naval Air Station near San Diego died after his jet crashed in the middle of the desert.

Just days later, on June 8, an Osprey fixed-wing aircraft crashed from El Centro Naval Air Station in the California desert, killing five Navy aviators.

Finally, on June 9, a helicopter from the same air base near San Diego crashed in the same part of the desert. Fortunately, the crew of four survived the incident.

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Justin Scacco

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