USS Bonhomme Richard Ship Settles for Long Haul | 5

UPDATE 5 – 7/15/2020 2345 PT

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Reports of an explosion occurred on July 12th and still continue to burn on Day 3 on the USS Bohomme Richard (LHD-6), a 40,000 ton Wasp class U.S. Navy amphibious assault ship.

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Scheduled  routine maintenance in between deployments has brought the large ship to port and remains while Navy fire crews continue to contain the heavy smoke and blaze.

The US Navy said those assigned to the ship were either in local or base housing and all crew were off the ship at the time of the fire when started on Sunday, July 12th at 0830 PT.

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CURRENT STATUS

The ship’s settling caused an immediate evacuation of personnel from the pier and vessel as a precaution.

Naval firefighters continue firefighting efforts.

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS

July 14, 2020

There were personnel from Federal Fire  and over 400 sailors from 12 San Diego-based ships that are part of the marine firefighting units.

July 15, 2020

The Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 3 has dropped more than 1,500 water bucket drops over the fire.  It has been cooling the very large vessel and flight deck at one time enabling crews to enter the ship.

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CAUSE

The cause of the fire is still unknown and is under investigation.

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INJURIES

63 personnel have been treated which includes 40 sailors and 23 civilians have been treated for minor injuries, including some with heat exhaustion and smoke inhalation.

There are no personnel currently hospitalized.

There were no deaths reported.

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SCAM ALERT!

NCIS urges the DON family and community members to remain vigilant of fraudulent GoFundMe pages and other fraudulent charities soliciting for donations in response to the fire aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard.  Check out more important details regarding this potential scam the Navy wants you to be aware.  Check out their Facebook page here —> https://www.facebook.com/USNavy

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