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Second America-Class Amphib USS Tripoli Commissions

Second America-Class Amphib USS Tripoli Commissions

Amphibious assault ship Tripoli (LHA-7) sails the Gulf of Mexico during builder’s trials held in July 2019. HII Photo

The second America-class amphibious warship entered the U.S. Navy fleet in an administrative action on Wednesday, without the pomp and circumstance of a commissioning ceremony. Read More

Navy Fighting 2 ‘Major’ Fires on USS Bonhomme Richard as Battle Enters Third Day

Navy Fighting 2 ‘Major’ Fires on USS Bonhomme Richard as Battle Enters Third Day

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

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Sailors and firefighting crews are still battling two “major” fires aboard USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6), three days after a fire sparked and quickly spread throughout the amphibious assault ship, Navy officials said on Tuesday. Read More

State Dept. Official: U.S. Will Oppose Chinese ‘Gangster Tactics’ in South China Sea; U.S. Warship Conducts Freedom of Navigation Operation

State Dept. Official: U.S. Will Oppose Chinese ‘Gangster Tactics’ in South China Sea; U.S. Warship Conducts Freedom of Navigation Operation

Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Paul Vance, from Lilburn, Ga., assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ralph Johnson (DDG-114), scans the horizon using a telescopic alidade, July 14, 2020 near the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. US Navy Photo

The U.S. will no longer remain on the sidelines when China uses “gangster tactics” to get its way in territorial disputes in the South China Sea, a senior State Department official said on Tuesday. Read More

Warships in Maintenance Always Face Increased Risk for Fire Damage

Warships in Maintenance Always Face Increased Risk for Fire Damage

Fire aboard USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) at Naval Base San Diego on July 12, 2020. US Navy Photo

Fires are a constant worry for any ship, and every sailor is taught from their earliest days in the service that damage control is everyone’s responsibility. However, that responsibility becomes more complex when a ship is in maintenance. Fewer sailors are typically aboard, and opportunities are greater to spark a fire from welding or other hot work. Read More

UPDATED: Fire Fight on USS Bonhomme Richard Enters 2nd Day, 59 Treated for Injuries

UPDATED: Fire Fight on USS Bonhomme Richard Enters 2nd Day, 59 Treated for Injuries

Sailors and Federal San Diego Firefighters equip gear before providing firefighting assistance on board USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) on the morning of July 13, 2020. US Navy Photo

This post was updated with additional information from the Navy.

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Navy and federal firefighting crews continued to battle fires inside USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) Monday afternoon as Navy helicopters and boats poured water onto the ship for the second straight day to save the amphibious assault ship, despite ever-increasing reports of extensive damage. Read More

UPDATED: 21 Taken to Hospitals as Firefighting Effort Continues in USS Bonhomme Richard Fire

UPDATED: 21 Taken to Hospitals as Firefighting Effort Continues in USS Bonhomme Richard Fire

USS Bonhomme RIchard (LHD-6) on July 12, 2020 as a fire rages aboard. Image via CBS 8

This is the final version of this post. Click here for continued USNI News coverage of the fire on USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6).

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – A fire that broke out Sunday morning in amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) sent 17 sailors and four civilian workers to local hospitals, Naval Surface Force Pacific officials said. Read More

House Appropriations Bill Includes Funding for Second Virginia-Class Submarine

House Appropriations Bill Includes Funding for Second Virginia-Class Submarine

Sailors aboard to Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Delaware (SSN-791) on Nov. 5, 2019. US Navy Photo

The House Appropriations defense subcommittee today released its draft Fiscal Year 2021 defense funding bill that would buy nine Navy ships, including the second Virginia-class attack submarine that the House Armed Services Committee is fighting to include in next year’s ship-buying plans. Read More