Peruvian Navy Ship Catches Fire During Military Exercise

The Coastline of Peru at dusk
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Two crew members of the BAP Guise of the Peruvian Navy sustained burn injuries this morning when an engine fire broke out while the crew was taking part in the yearly exercise Rim of the Pacific off the coast of Hawaii. This was confirmed by the Peruvian Navy in a statement released.

According to the spokesperson of RIMPAC, reports of the fire were brought to the RIMPAC watch floor at around 8 a.m. After the fire started, several ships helped the Guise and its crew.

“Two critically stable patients were evacuated from the ship by a helicopter from French navy frigate FS Prairial (F731) to USCGC Midgett (WMSL 757), and have since been transferred ashore by U.S. Navy helicopter from USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72),” RIMPAC tweeted

The Peruvian Navy informed the public that two crew members suffered burns and were transported to a specialized hospital in Honolulu and they have already informed the relatives.

The largest recurring naval exercise in the world, RIMPAC is held every two years, and this year's edition is the biggest since it first featured five nations in 1971. This year more than 20 nations are taking part in the exercise with 38 surface ships, 4 submarines, more than 170 aircraft, 30 drones, and more than 20,000 personnel in and around the Hawaiian islands and Southern California from end of June until early August.