There two interesting point.Not as much. In this case as the LHD was in repair the Ship’s fire suppression systems were deactivated the crew was reduced.
but Col. Mitchell... it’s one thing to shoot at a mock up in the desert. Bomb a unmanned ship stripped of arms in an exercise, or have a fire burn in port with only partial crew and no active damage control.
A whole different ball game to do it with a ship under armed escort full damage control system at sea.
1. Kuznetsov had similar incident ,at similar stage . The US ship is write off, the Kuznetsov suffered superficial damage. Looks like there is same design philosophy difference in work.
2. It is true there was 80% less hands on ship, but I think we can agree the spark from welding is not a match 2-4 missile, with 3500 kg weight.
If we put ratio between the AShM and welding spark, vs insufficient manning & machine vs full capability the end result is still closer to grave than to a combat capable ship.