The mine sweeper USS Devastator. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Corbin J. Shea.)
No sailors were injured when a fire broke out aboard the minesweeper USS Devastator on Thursday, according to 5th Fleet.
The ship was docked at Naval Support Activity Bahrain when the fire broke out about 8 p.m. local time, a 5th Fleet news release says. Sailors from four other ships and the base fire department were able to extinguish the blaze within an hour.
Navy Photo by Illustrator Draftsman 1st Class Pierre G. Georges
Just off Key West, an elite team of Navy special operators have spent the last three weeks learning how to sweep mines on the ocean floor. Their job is to drop transponders where the mines are located so mine countermeasures crews can safely retrieve them. And with any luck, they'll eliminate undersea mines as a threat to naval ships and personnel.