U.S. navy costs sailor 1 yr after hearth destroyed docked warship | CBC Information

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The U.S. navy stated Thursday it has charged a sailor with beginning a fireplace final yr that destroyed a warship docked off San Diego, Calif.

The united statesBonhomme Richard burned for greater than 4 days and was the navy’s worst U.S. warship hearth outdoors of fight in latest reminiscence. The amphibious assault ship was left with intensive structural, electrical and mechanical harm and was later scrapped, costing the navy billions of {dollars}.

The sailor was a member of the crew on the time, Cmdr. Sean Robertson, a U.S. third Fleet spokesperson, stated in an announcement. No identify was launched, and Robertson couldn’t be instantly reached for remark.

No different particulars had been offered, and it was unclear what proof was discovered or what the motive was.

The amphibious assault ships are among the many few within the U.S. fleet that may act as a mini-aircraft service.

The Bonhomme Richard had been nearing the tip of a two-year improve estimated to price $250 million US when the hearth broke out on July 12, 2020.

The hearth on the united statesBonhomme Richard, as seen from a close-by golf course, in San Diego, Calif., on July 12, 2020. (Sean M. Haffey/Getty Photos)

About 160 sailors and officers had been on board when the flames despatched up an enormous plume of darkish smoke from the 256-metre vessel, which had been docked at Naval Base San Diego whereas present process the improve.

The hearth began within the ship’s decrease storage space, the place cardboard bins, rags and different upkeep provides had been saved. However winds coming off the San Diego Bay whipped up the flames and the flames unfold up the elevator shafts and exhaust stacks.

Acrid smoke

Then two explosions — one heard greater than 20 kilometres away — precipitated it to develop even greater.

The hearth despatched acrid smoke billowing over San Diego, and officers had really helpful folks keep away from exercising open air.

Firefighters attacked the flames contained in the ship, whereas firefighting vessels with water cannons directed streams of seawater into the ship and helicopters made water drops.

Greater than 60 sailors and civilians had been handled for minor accidents, warmth exhaustion and smoke inhalation.

Smoke rises from the ship, which was docked at Naval Base San Diego, on July 12, 2020. (Denis Poroy/The Related Press)

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