What makes this fire so incredibly difficult and serious is the ship is undergoing an overhaul period. There is no way to compartmentalize the ship to cut off fire spread. At sea or normal in port the ship could set a condition onboard that would essentially lock the ship down and compartmentalize the fire area. Sailors from the ship and surrounding commands are also fighting the fire. I saw an incredible photo of a Navy on scene fire party marching in ranks on the pier headed to the ship.I'm sure they do, also, all Navy ships have a complement of firefighters trained for shipboard firefighting. However, any fire aboard a ship is extremely difficult to fight because of all the compartments, bulkheads and other separations. Also overall access very difficult in many cases.
The Navy tugs which have been seen in various photos and videos of the incident on the other hand, each have two 2,000 gpm Stang monitors, so they have more fire fighting capability than the SFFD boat.
Major port cities with a large US Navy presence use Navy resources for mutual aid. (San Diego, Bremerton, Norfolk)How is it that a major port city like San Diego doesnt have better marine firefighting apparatus?