Firefighters Respond to Fire Aboard USS Bonhomme Richard
SAN DIEGO — (Update as of 6:30 p.m. PDT) Sailors reported a fire aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) at approximately 8:30 a.m., July 12, while moored at Naval Base San Diego.
Thus far 17 Sailors and four civilians are being treated for non-life threatening injuries at a local hospital. All crew members have been accounted for.
At approximately 1 p.m. the guided missile destroyers USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) and USS Russell (DDG 59) shifted berths to a pier further away from the fire.
Federal Fire San Diego is the on-scene lead for the continuing firefighting efforts.
“Currently there are two firefighting teams fighting the fire aboard the ship,” said Federal Fire San Diego Division Chief Rob Bondurant. “Federal Fire is rotating their crews aboard the ship with U.S. Navy firefighting crews from the waterfront to fight the fire in order to find the seat of the fire and extinguish it. Also, Navy Region Southwest tugs are continuously combatting the fire from the bay.”
The origin of the fire is still unknown and is pending investigation.
Bonhomme Richard is in San Diego for a regularly scheduled maintenance availability.
More information will be released as it becomes available.
Below, Rear Adm. Philip Sobeck, commander of Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 3, provides an update on firefighting efforts aboard USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) during a 6:30 p.m. press conference at Naval Base San Diego.
Rear Adm. Philip Sobeck, commander of Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 3, provides an update on firefighting efforts aboard USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6).
Posted by Surface Warriors on Sunday, July 12, 6:30 p.m. PDT