(TacticalNews.com) – On July 12, 2020, the USS Bonhomme Richard, an 840-foot amphibious assault vessel that doubles as an aircraft carrier, caught on fire and continued to burn for the next four days. This disaster has been called the worst one of its kind outside of similar ones that happen while at war. The cause of the fire, which started in the lower storage area, may have been the result of arson.
— High Threat Response (@HT_Resp) August 27, 2020
Though the Navy isn’t officially sharing information, Military.com received communications from an anonymous source who declared one sailor has already been brought in for an interview. At the time of this writing, no one has been detained, and no announcements have been made. It is still unclear whether the ship will be repaired or not.
Docked at a San Diego naval base, the USS Bonhomme Richard was at the tail end of a two-year-long, $250 million upgrade, but replacing it could cost $4 billion. Whether arson or accidental, the fire seemed to be under control until the winds picked up and two explosions went off inside it.
Copyright 2020, TacticalNews.com