FIRE SAFETY OF NAVAL SHIPS--AN OPEN CHALLENGE

Fire safety of ships is a matter of continuing concern. The practice in land based buildings and commercial ships experiencing a serious fire accident is often to abandon the building or ship. For warships in combat, however, it is imperative that the ship's crew be able to control an "on-board" fire and to retain the ship's combat effectiveness. The need for effective and rapid fire-fighting capability aboard naval ships is further dictated by the increased potential of fire hazards characteristics of a warship, such as the high density of fuel and ammunition stores aboard ship, refueling and replenishment at sea, and possible hostile enemy action. Fire casualties aboard Navy ships are briefly reviewed with emphasis on recent lessons learned in control of fires and fire hazards. Also reviewed are on-going planned actions to upgrade fire protection in the ship design process and in the Fleet; the scope of the Navy's ongoing research and development program; and future trends.

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    • Paper presented on ASNE Day 1978, May 4-5, 1978, Washington, D.C.
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    American Society of Naval Engineers

    Suite 507, 1012 14th Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20005
  • Authors:
    • Pohler, C H
    • McVoy, J L
    • Carhart, H W
    • LEONARD, J T
    • Pride, T S
  • Publication Date: 1978-2

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  • Accession Number: 00173538
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Naval Engineers Journal
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 26 1978 12:00AM