U.S. Navy Charges Sailor with Setting Massive Fire on USS Bonhomme Warship

The United States Navy has filed charges against a sailor over a massive fire that destroyed the USS Bonhomme Richard warship on July 12, 2020.

In a statement released on July 29, the Navy accused the sailor, whose name has not been revealed, for setting the fire that injured over 60 sailors and civilians.

The charges were brought against the sailor, who was a crew member of the warship at the time, in response to evidence found during a criminal investigation, Navy spokesperson Commander Sean Robertson said.

“Evidence collected during the investigation is sufficient to direct a preliminary hearing in accordance with due process under the military justice system,” Robertson said.

Vice Admiral Steve Koehler has also directed a preliminary hearing to determine if there is enough evidence to court-martial the sailor, according to Robertson.

It took four days, hundreds of military and civilian firefighters, and helicopters dumping water to extinguish the blaze.

The warship was docked in San Diego, California when the fire started.

The Navy decided to decommission and scrap the vessel because repairing the ship would cost around $2.5 million.

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