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Damaged carrier docks for repairs

May 28, 2008|Tony Perry

The aircraft carrier George Washington, bound from Norfolk, Va., to Japan, pulled into San Diego Harbor on Tuesday for a damage assessment and repairs after a fire May 22 that damaged several areas and trapped four sailors for more than four hours.

One sailor suffered first-degree burns, and 23 others were treated for heat stress, officials said.

"Instinct took over, our training kicked in, everything was done expeditiously," senior chief damage control officer Dwight Hill said of the firefighting and rescue efforts.

The carrier will remain docked at the North Island Naval Air Station for an indefinite period, officials said. The George Washington is set to replace the Kitty Hawk, which is being retired.

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