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Cleanup on USS Bonhomme Richard Continues as Ship's Fate Remains Unclear

Cleanup on USS Bonhomme Richard Continues as Ship’s Fate Remains Unclear

Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper reviews the damage from the July 12 fire on the USS Bonhomme Richard, docked at Naval Base San Diego, Calif., Sept. 18, 2020. DoD photo.

NAVAL BASE SAN DIEGO, Calif. – USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) hasn’t moved from the pier-side spot where it caught fire on July 12 and burned for almost five days. The ship might not be moving anytime soon. Investigations into the fire have been extended until at least until December, USNI News understands, and with them any decisions about the fate of the ship.

Still, with the ship still hot enough to need cool air pumped inside, the crew has settled into a new normal, spending their duty rotations helping clear out the amphibious assault ship and offload equipment that can be salvaged and put back into the Navy supply system. Read More

NCIS, ATF Investigating Sailor in USS Bonhomme Richard Fire Criminal Probe

NCIS, ATF Investigating Sailor in USS Bonhomme Richard Fire Criminal Probe

An MH-60S Seahawk helicopter from the “Merlins” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 3, provides aerial firefighting support alongside sailors and civilian fire crews on the ground to fight the fire aboard amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) on July 13, 2020. US Navy Photo


This post has been updated with additional details.

Federal agents are questioning a sailor in connection to the July fire aboard USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) as part of the ongoing criminal investigation into the blaze, three defense officials told USNI News on Wednesday night. Read More

3rd Fleet to Lead USS Bonhomme Richard Fire Command Investigation

3rd Fleet to Lead USS Bonhomme Richard Fire Command Investigation

Contractors with Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) work to remove the aft mast aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) on Aug. 4, 2020. US Navy Photo

U.S. Pacific Fleet commander Adm. John Aquilino has appointed the head of San Diego, Calif.-based 3rd Fleet to lead the official command investigation into the July 12 fire aboard USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6). Read More

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Aug. 10, 2020

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Aug. 10, 2020

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These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of Aug 10, 2020, based on Navy and public data. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the chart reflects the location of the capital ship. Read More

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Aug. 3, 2020

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Aug. 3, 2020

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These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of Aug 3, 2020, based on Navy and public data. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the chart reflects the location of the capital ship. Read More

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: July 27, 2020

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: July 27, 2020

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These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of July 27, 2020, based on Navy and public data. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the chart reflects the location of the capital ship. Read More

ATF Team Assisting in USS Bonhomme Richard Fire Investigation; Rear Adm. Byrne to Lead Safety Investigation Board

ATF Team Assisting in USS Bonhomme Richard Fire Investigation; Rear Adm. Byrne to Lead Safety Investigation Board

An MH-60S Knight Hawk helicopter from the Merlins of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 3 provides aerial firefighting support to fight the fire aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) on July 14, 2020. US Navy Photo

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Federal investigators with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are assisting in the criminal investigation into the fire that severely damaged USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6), a Navy official told USNI News. Read More