2008年7月31日木曜日

ジョージ・ワシントン艦長更迭

ジョージ・ワシントン艦長が更迭された。
補助ボイラー室近くの喫煙禁止区画で、乗員が換気口に投げ捨てた吸い殻の
火が、ダクトでつながっているボイラー室の潤滑油に引火したと推定している。
潤滑油は規則に反して三百四十リットルが保管されていた。

当初は電気配線のショートか静電気で出た火花が引火、燃え広がった可能性が
高いと言われていたが、タバコの投げ捨てによるボイラー室の大量保管の潤滑
油に引火したことが原因らしい。
二重の規則違反により7000万ドル(70億円)が火事になったと言う。
12時間の消火活動で、37人がケガ、車や家財道具を乗せたまま2800人が5月末
まで船に缶詰状態。

相変わらず、「徹底した教育を行う」と言うが、タバコのポイ捨てで火事が
起きるレベルにどう教育したって、問題が発生しないわけがない。
在日米海軍の犯罪がまた増える。


---たばこ投げ捨て原因 横須賀空母火災 乗員喫煙、艦長を更迭---
2008年7月31日 夕刊
http://www.tokyo-np.co.jp/article/national/news/CK2008073102000258.html

 米海軍横須賀基地(神奈川県横須賀市)に配備される原子力空母「ジョージ・ワシントン(GW)」の火災事故で、米海軍は三十一日、規則に反した喫煙による火の不始末で潤滑油に引火したのが原因とみられるとの調査報告を発表した。事故で信用を失墜させた責任を問い、ダイコフ艦長を更迭した。
 発表によると、船底近くにある補助ボイラー室近くの喫煙禁止区画で、乗員が喫煙。換気口に投げ捨てた吸い殻の火が、ダクトでつながっているボイラー室の潤滑油に引火したと推定している。潤滑油は規則に反して三百四十リットルが保管されていた。
 米海軍はこの火災を教訓に、全艦船に可燃物の適正保管や乗員への教育などの措置を指示した。
 しかし、二重の規則違反が原因だったことで、配備を控えた横須賀の地元住民らの不安が高まることが予想される。
 火災は南米沖で五月二十二日に発生、消火までに十二時間もかかった。GWは、米サンディエゴ基地で修理中で、八月二十一日に同基地を出港。九月二十五日にも横須賀基地に入港し、配備される。


---原子力空母火災、原因は喫煙 米海軍、艦長を更迭---
2008年7月31日 09時38分
http://www.tokyo-np.co.jp/s/article/2008073101000109.html

 【ロサンゼルス30日共同】米海軍は30日、横須賀基地(神奈川県横須賀市)へ配備予定の原子力空母ジョージ・ワシントンで5月に起きた火災の監督責任を問い、ダイコフ艦長(海軍大佐)を更迭した。規則に反した喫煙による火が、不適切に置かれた可燃性の液体などに引火したのが出火原因とみられると発表した。
 綱紀の乱れが火災につながったことが明らかになり、配備を控える地元の不安がさらに高まりそうだ。
 海軍は、ジョージ・ワシントンが8月21日、修理を続けていたカリフォルニア州のサンディエゴ基地を出航し、9月下旬に横須賀に到着するとしている。
 火災は南米沖の太平洋上で5月22日(現地時間)に発生。海軍によると、37人が負傷し、鎮火までに約12時間がかかった。
 ジョージ・ワシントンは横須賀を事実上の母港としてきた通常型空母キティホークの後継艦。


---火災原因は喫煙 艦長更迭 原子力空母G・ワシントン---
2008.7.31 09:03
http://sankei.jp.msn.com/world/america/080731/amr0807310906000-n1.htm

 米海軍は30日、横須賀基地(神奈川県横須賀市)へ配備予定の原子力空母ジョージ・ワシントンで5月に起きた火災の監督責任を問い、ダイコフ艦長(海軍大佐)を更迭した。規則に反した喫煙による火が、不適切に置かれた可燃性の液体などに引火したのが出火原因とみられると発表した。
 綱紀の乱れが火災につながったことが明らかになり、配備を控える地元の不安がさらに高まりそうだ。
 海軍は、ジョージ・ワシントンが8月21日、修理を続けていたカリフォルニア州のサンディエゴ基地を出航し、9月下旬に横須賀に到着するとしている。
 火災は南米沖の太平洋上で5月22日(現地時間)に発生。海軍によると、37人が負傷し、鎮火までに約12時間がかかった。(共同)


---米空母火災、油に引火し炎上か 規則違反で置かれた潤滑油---
2008年7月28日 14時58分
http://www.tokyo-np.co.jp/s/article/2008072801000315.html

 米海軍横須賀基地(神奈川県横須賀市)へ配備される予定の原子力空母ジョージ・ワシントンで5月に起きた火災は、規則に違反して火元の右舷後方に置かれた潤滑油に、電気配線のショートか静電気で出た火花が引火、燃え広がった可能性が高いことが28日、日米両政府関係者の話で分かった。
 可燃物の不適切な取り扱いという安全管理の重大な不備の疑いが浮上したことで、配備を控える地元市民の不安がさらに高まりそうだ。
 米海軍は引き続き調査し出火原因を特定した上で、乗組員を処分するとともに、艦長の監督責任を厳しく問う方針。
 横須賀市は詳しい原因や再発防止策などの説明を求めており、近く在日米海軍のジェームズ・ケリー司令官が蒲谷亮一市長と会談する。
 横須賀基地配備は当初、8月19日の予定だったが、修理や試験航海での性能確認などのため延期された。(共同)


---US axes captain of nuclear ship bound for Japan---
Jul.31.2008
http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5glqfNn2Fm56pCgZOzvHkM1Dv5MTg

TOKYO (AFP) — The US Navy has fired the captain of the first US nuclear-powered aircraft carrier to be stationed abroad after a fire onboard hurt dozens of sailors and raised alarm in host Japan.

The USS George Washington is set to arrive in late September in Yokosuka, a naval hub near Tokyo, despite public protests in the only nation to have suffered nuclear attack.

The US Navy, releasing details of an investigation, said that a fire in May was caused when people smoked near improperly stored flammable liquids.

A Navy statement on Wednesday said it was relieving Captain David C. Dykhof as commanding officer due to "a loss of confidence in his ability to command and his failure to meet mission requirements and readiness standards."

One sailor suffered first- and second-degree burns, while another 37 were treated for minor injuries, the Navy said.

The carrier needed 70 million dollars in repairs at a dockyard in San Diego, delaying its arrival in Japan, it said.

The USS George Washington will replace the diesel USS Kitty Hawk, which is being retired from service.

Japan agreed to the deployment despite protests from pacifist groups opposed to nuclear weapons and citizens who voiced safety concerns.

The United States argued that it must deploy its best carrier in Yokosuka due to East Asia's tense security situation.

The United States, which dropped two atom bombs on Japan at the end of World War II, is now the closest ally of the Asian economic power and deploys more than 40,000 troops in the country.


---2 Officers Relieved of Duty After Fire on Aircraft Carrier---
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published: July 31, 2008
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/31/us/31brfs-2OFFICERSREL_BRF.html?ref=us

Smoking appears to have started a fire that caused $70 million in damage to the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier George Washington, based in Norfolk, Va., naval officials said. The announcement by the Navy came as Adm. Robert F. Willard, commander of the Pacific Fleet, relieved the carrier’s commanding officer, Capt. David C. Dykhoff, and the executive officer, Capt. David M. Dober, of duty. Admiral Willard cited lost confidence in the commanding officer and his failure to meet mission standards after the investigation found unauthorized smoking by a crew member appeared to have ignited flammable liquids and other combustible material. The other officer was relieved of duty for substandard performance. The carrier was en route from Chile to San Diego when the fire began on May 22. The Navy also revised the number of sailors injured in the fire to 37 from 23. The carrier is scheduled to depart San Diego in late August, and is due to be stationed at the American naval base in Yokosuka, Japan.


---Two top Navy officers fired over $70 million carrier blaze---
By Dale Eisman
The Virginian-Pilot July 31, 2008
http://hamptonroads.com/2008/07/two-top-navy-officers-fired-over-70-million-carrier-blaze

WASHINGTON

The Navy's Pacific commander fired the top two officers on the aircraft carrier George Washington on Wednesday after investigators concluded that a $70 million fire that damaged the ship in May probably was triggered by crew members sneaking a smoke.

Capt. David C. Dykhoff, skipper of the carrier, was relieved "due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command and his failure to meet mission requirements and readiness standards," the service said. His executive officer, Capt. David M. Dober, was sacked "for substandard performance."

Both actions were ordered by Adm. Robert Willard, commander of the Pacific Fleet. A Navy spokesman said each man will get an as-yet-unannounced assignment ashore. The disciplinary action almost certainly ends their careers, however.

Sailors who may have been directly involved in starting the fire could be subject to administrative action later, said Lt. Cmdr. Charles Brown, a spokesman for the commander of the Navy's air forces.

The fire occurred May 22 as the George Washington was headed from its former home in Norfolk to Yokosuka, Japan, where it will replace the carrier Kitty Hawk, which is being retired.

While the full report of the Judge Adjutant General investigation was not released, the Navy said it concluded that the fire likely was caused by "unauthorized smoking that ignited flammable liquids and other combustible material improperly stored in an adjacent space."

The fire and its intensity "were the result of a series of human acts that could have been prevented," the Navy summary added. It cited "the storage of 90 gallons of refrigerant compressor oil in an unauthorized space" as a factor in the fire's severity.

The summary said the fire began in a boiler exhaust and supply area and spread quickly because of a "chimney effect" in nearby spaces and duct work. The 12-hour battle to extinguish the fire injured 37 sailors, one of whom received first- and second-degree burns.

The fire was the worst of 13 reported aboard Navy ships this year.

The George Washington has been undergoing repairs near San Diego since shortly after the blaze. It is to depart on Aug. 21 and arrive in Yokosuka sometime in September.

About 2,800 sailors have had to live on board the ship since it entered the shipyard in late May. They don't have cars or off-ship housing because most of their families and household goods are headed to or already in Japan.

Helping with the repairs has helped maintain morale, said Lt. Cmdr. Bill Urban, a ship spokesman. Many sailors also have taken short vacations to visit family or sight-see; others have been bused to San Diego parks, concerts, Padres baseball games and comedy clubs, he said.

The fire forced the Navy to slightly delay the Kitty Hawk's retirement and instead send that ship to participate in an annual Rim of the Pacific Exercise in the George Washington's place. Urban said some George Washington sailors joined the Kitty Hawk's crew for the exercise.

Wednesday's actions marked the sixth time this year the Navy has relieved one of its commanding officers and the fourth time the discipline involved command at sea. Earlier this week, the skipper of the Pearl Harbor, an amphibious transport, was fired after the ship ran aground in the Persian Gulf.

Dykhoff, a West Virginia native, had been in command of the George Washington since December 2006. He is a former F-14 Tomcat and F/A-18 Hornet pilot and squadron commander and a former executive officer of the carrier Nimitz.

Dober, a native New Yorker, also is a former F/A-18 pilot and squadron commander. He had been executive officer of the George Washington since March 2007.

To replace Dykhoff and Dober, the Navy tapped Capt. J.R. Haley to be the George Washington's skipper and Capt. Karl O. Thomas to serve as executive officer.

Both men have ties to Hampton Roads from their service on carriers based in Norfolk. Haley commanded the Theodore Roosevelt from 2005 until last January. Thomas had been serving as executive officer of the Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Staff writer Kathy Adams contributed to this report.

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