The ship’s onboard fire suppression system has been deactivated and an explosion early in the fight against the fire slowed down the response and let the fire grow and burn for days. googletag.defineSlot('/21810829768/news_usni-article-bottom_banner', bannerSizes, 'div-gpt-ad-1591027878301-0').defineSizeMapping(bannerSizeMapping).addService(googletag.pubads()); changeYear: true, Dr. Sal Mercogliano provides an update on the USS Bonhomme Richard fire at Naval Base San Diego. A Navy spokesman told USNI News on Wednesday the service had nothing to announce and the criminal investigation was still ongoing. 63. changeYear: true, googletag.pubads().enableSingleRequest(); [CDATA[ */ And then you couldn’t really see nothing. Now, instead of wrapping up maintenance, the crew and contractor are “doing maintenance activities, but at this stage now it’s more debris removal and understanding and supporting the investigation, supporting the recovery aspects and the equipment, making sure what whatever we can preserve is preserved and materially sound.”. 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Esper is briefed about the July 12 fire aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard, before reviewing the damage on the ship, docked at Naval Base San Diego, Calif., Sept. 18, 2020. autoFocusNextInput: true, format = format.replace(/yyyy/i, 'yy'); Due to the way the ship was tied to the pier, the main access point was through a ramp to the port side access door, as well as using the port side elevator to bring up gear. height: 1em !important; 2020 has been tough on everyone. It was all-hands evolution … It was everybody – outside forces and then ourselves – everybody, the crew, that put in that work and fixed a problem.”, A group of sailors departs the pier after supporting firefighting efforts aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6), July 15, 2020. var topLeaderboardSizeMapping = googletag.sizeMapping(). } Follow @maeday22// */ box-shadow: none !important; build(); autoFocusNextInput: true, The heat was anywhere from 85 to 1,205 at different points, and these guys didn’t know, one side of the bulkhead it would be 800, you turn around and go down and all the sudden it would be up to almost 1,000 degrees. He said the maintenance contractor, General Dynamics NASSCO, along with the Navy are still going space by space to determine what is still functional and what was ruined by fire or water. So thank you all very much for what you do, thanks for saving this ship, and we’re going to have a Bonhomme Richard for sure.”. build(); In Military 0. But thanks to your efforts, your heroism and your bravery, you guys saved that ship. var topLeaderboardSizeMapping = googletag.sizeMapping(). constrainInput: false, autoFocusNextInput: true, ","sameAs":[]}]} googletag.defineSlot('/21810829768/news_usni-article-inline_banner', bannerSizes, 'div-gpt-ad-1591808661489-0').defineSizeMapping(bannerSizeMapping).addService(googletag.pubads()); US Navy Photo. jQuery( function() { googletag.defineSlot('/21810829768/news_usni-site-sidebar_1', sidebarSizes, 'div-gpt-ad-1559941116279-0').defineSizeMapping(sidebarSizeMapping).addService(googletag.pubads()); googletag.cmd.push(function() { The Sunday morning blaze swept from the lower decks of the ship through the hull touching almost every part of the ship. 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We are going to be thorough and methodical.”. }); changeMonth: true, The ship’s onboard fire suppression system has been deactivated and an explosion early in the fight against the fire slowed down the response and let the fire grow and burn for days. padding: 0 !important; googletag.enableServices(); window._wpemojiSettings = {"baseUrl":"https:\/\/s.w.org\/images\/core\/emoji\/12.0.0-1\/72x72\/","ext":".png","svgUrl":"https:\/\/s.w.org\/images\/core\/emoji\/12.0.0-1\/svg\/","svgExt":".svg","source":{"concatemoji":"https:\/\/news.usni.org\/wp-includes\/js\/wp-emoji-release.min.js?ver=5.2.9"}}; “Watching that environment, as awful as you would ever imagine that could be, you really saw the best of what the Navy’s about:” adaptability, ingenuity, and all hands on deck coming together to fix a problem, he added. addSize([0, 0], [[300,250],[336,280],[300,100],[320,50],[320,100],[234,60],[120,240]]). var sidebarSizeMapping = googletag.sizeMapping(). maxDate: new Date(d.getFullYear(), 12-1, 31), margin: 0 .07em !important; US Navy Photo. } build(); dateFormat: format.toLowerCase(), addSize([1200, 0], [[300,250],[300,600],[300,100],[234,60],[120,600],[120,240],[160,600]]). addSize([1200, 0], [[300,250],[336,280],[728,90],[300,100],[320,50],[320,100],[468,60],[234,60],[120,240]]). format = format.replace(/yyyy/i, 'yy'); var mailchimpSF = {"ajax_url":"https:\/\/news.usni.org\/"}; If you are able, please consider supporting USNI News so we can make 2021 a fantastic year for naval news coverage. googletag.defineSlot('/21810829768/news_usni-site-sidebar_top', sidebarSizes, 'div-gpt-ad-1568641746161-0').defineSizeMapping(sidebarSizeMapping).addService(googletag.pubads()); (CNN) The fire on the USS Bonhomme Richard in San Diego is … Vice Adm. Scott Conn, the commander of U.S. 3rd Fleet, is also leading a command investigation. }); Sobeck, who enlisted in the Navy before becoming a commissioned officer, said “in my first day of boot camp, like everybody else’s, we learned how to, one, wake up really early, but two, work as a team from day one. He has covered legislation, acquisition and operations for the Sea Services since 2009 and spent time underway with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the Canadian Navy. Craig smiled at that notion: “I think that’s an odd question when people ask that, why did you go in and everything. $(this).datepicker({ And then towards the end of it, when everything started settling down, it was just – it was unrecognizable to me, and I’ve been here for a long time, so that should just tell you how crazy everything was in the moment,” she said. /* ]]> */ dateFormat: format.toLowerCase(), (b.addEventListener("DOMContentLoaded",h,!1),a.addEventListener("load",h,!1)):(a.attachEvent("onload",h),b.attachEvent("onreadystatechange",function(){"complete"===b.readyState&&c.readyCallback()})),g=c.source||{},g.concatemoji?f(g.concatemoji):g.wpemoji&&g.twemoji&&(f(g.twemoji),f(g.wpemoji)))}(window,document,window._wpemojiSettings); googletag.defineSlot('/21810829768/news_usni-site-sidebar_3', sidebarSizes, 'div-gpt-ad-1559941388850-0').defineSizeMapping(sidebarSizeMapping).addService(googletag.pubads()); ","sameAs":["https://twitter.com/samlagrone"]}]} He said it was hard to keep the momentum going, though he praised those involved in the firefighting for never having any gaps in teams being ready to relieve those coming out – if 15 people were needed for a job, there were already 15 people suited up and ready to go. padding: 0 !important; }); Smoke rises from the USS Bonhomme Richard at Naval Base San Diego Sunday. “We don’t want anyone to jump to conclusions. DoD photo. }); “In order to drive vigorous self-assessment as a learning organization, [Aquilino] has directed the investigation to examine all casual and contributing factors from unit-level execution to programmatic, policy and resourcing that may have been a factor in this incident,” Cmdr. Despite the challenges of 2020, USNI News has doubled down on bringing its readers fact-based, non-partisan reporting directly into your hands. The ship might not be moving anytime soon. A command investigation is delving into how the ship’s chain of command handled the situation. vertical-align: -0.1em !important; She previously covered Congress for Defense Daily and the U.S. surface navy and U.S. amphibious operations as an associate editor for Inside the Navy. Craig joined the crew of Bonhomme Richard in October 2017, her first ship assignment after completing new sailor training. He likened the damage inside the ship to that of a town hit by a tornado: one side of the street might be totally devastated, while on the other side of the street houses are still standing. [CDATA[ !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)? 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US Navy Photo. height: 1em !important; Cleanup on USS Bonhomme Richard Continues as Ship’s Fate Remains Unclear, Member Services call 800-233-8764 or 410-268-6110, Navy: Norfolk Naval Shipyard CO Removed Over Poor On-Time Maintenance Rates. $('.date-pick').each(function() { 'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+'://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document, 'script', 'twitter-wjs'); // ]]>. Earlier this month, U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander Adm. John Aquilino notified Navy leadership the command investigation would extend into December, two Navy officials confirmed to USNI News. [CDATA[ */ googletag.cmd.push(function() { He had only been on the ship for like a week. Naval Sea Systems Command is conducting an investigation and a failure review board, geared toward safety and lessons learned. })(window,document,'script','dataLayer','GTM-W86BDD');//]]> changeYear: false, addSize([1200, 0], [[300,250],[336,280],[728,90],[300,100],[320,50],[320,100],[468,60],[234,60],[120,240],[970,90]]). Agents from Naval Criminal Investigation Service and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are questioning a sailor who was aboard the amphibious warship on the morning of July 12, when a fire in the lower vehicle storage area sparked a blaze that burned for four days, the officials said. addSize([1200, 0], [[300,250],[336,280],[728,90],[300,100],[320,50],[320,100],[468,60],[234,60],[120,240]]). Craig, who grew up in Indiana and said she had never seen the ocean until she reported to her job on Bonhomme Richard, praised the entire crew – and all the other ship crews that sent damage control teams, other individual sailors who ran over, and all the firefighting agencies – for the teamwork that saved the ship she’s called home for three years. Smoke rises from the USS Bonhomme Richard at Naval Base San Diego Sunday, July 12, 2020, in San Diego after an explosion and fire Sunday on board the ship at Naval Base San Diego. 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