Accession Number : ADA432176

Title :   Aircraft Carrier Flight and Hangar Deck Fire Protection: History and Current Status

Descriptive Note : Final rept.

Corporate Author : NAVAL AIR WARFARE CENTER WEAPONS DIV CHINA LAKE CA

Personal Author(s) : Darwin, Robert L. ; Bowman, Howard L. ; Hunstad, Mary ; Leach, William B. ; Williams, Frederick W.

PDF Url : ADA432176

Report Date : JAN 2005

Pagination or Media Count : 101

Abstract : This report covers the history and current status of fire protection on aircraft carrier flight decks and hangar decks. Fire protection on aircraft carriers is a joint responsibility of the Naval Sea Systems Command and the Naval Air Systems Command. The report begins with a quick orientation covering some of the significant physical characteristics of aircraft carriers that are relevant to fire protection. The fire hazardous nature of carrier operations is discussed specifically, with focus on some of the concerns relative to air launched ordnance. Next, a review of firefighting systems, including the firefighting agents currently in use, as well as the current tactics for fighting fires on the flight deck and the hangar deck, is provided. We review the history of carrier fires and emphasize some of the lessons learned, including the research and development programs that resulted from those fires. Some recent program initiatives under NAVAIR project W1819 are covered. Finally, the report covers a list of some current shortcomings and future concerns.

Descriptors :   *AIRCRAFT CARRIERS, *FIRE PROTECTION, *ORDNANCE, *AIR LAUNCHED, *FLIGHT DECKS, DETECTION, VULNERABILITY, NAVAL AIRCRAFT, JOINT MILITARY ACTIVITIES, AVIATION FUELS, FIRE EXTINGUISHING AGENTS, HAZARDOUS MATERIALS, BAYS(STRUCTURAL UNITS), LIQUID OXYGEN, FIRE HAZARDS, FIRE ALARM SYSTEMS, HANGERS.

Subject Categories : Aircraft
      Safety Engineering

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE