On July 12, fire erupted on board of the USS Bonhomme Richard, a Wasp-class amphibious assault ship, at the US Navy base in San Diego. According to reprots, the fire broke out at about 8:30 a.m. local time in the ship’s well deck. Later an explosion was also repoted. It was likely caused by the expanding fire.
The entire crew of the ship was evacuated, with about 18 people transported to a hospital with “non-life-threatening injuries”.
— KUSI News (@KUSINews) July 12, 2020
— News Jockey (@jockey_news) July 12, 2020
“The fire was called away at approx. 8:30 AM, July 12,” read a statement on Twitter from Naval Surface Forces. “160 Sailors were aboard at the time. Bonhomme Richard is going through a maintenance availability and has a crew size of approx. 1000. 18 Sailors have been transferred to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.”
According to videos and photos from the scene, the USS Bonhomme Richard is at Pier 2 sharing it with two Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers (DDG-51) and is adjacent to a crew berthing barge.
LHD 6 (USS Bonhomme Richard) currently has a 3-alarm fire onboard. Lots of details coming out quickly, so I won’t post anything yet (plus OPSEC), but my heart goes out to the entire crew. @AmericasNavy @NavyTimes
📸: DM for details (active duty sailor) pic.twitter.com/40h20J8g5m
— Shannon Cofield 🛰🗺 (@MarsRoverMapper) July 12, 2020
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