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Sun Jul 12, 2020, 02:53 PM

21 hospitalized with injuries from fire, explosion on USS Bonhomme Richard at Naval Base San Diego

Source: CBS 8 TV, San Diego

Seventeen sailors and four civilians were hospitalized with injuries, according to Navy officials. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

SAN DIEGO Fire crews continued battling a fire Sunday night onboard a Navy ship at Naval Base San Diego which injured sailors and civilians after it broke out Sunday morning, according to authorities.

At least 21 people were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries after the three-alarm fire on the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) was reported around 8:30 a.m., according to officials.

According to the Navy, there were 17 sailors and four civilians injured in the fire. At least 11 of the injuries were minor, according to officials. Many of the sailors were transported to Balboa Naval Medical Center

All sailors injured in the fire and a subsequent explosion were in stable condition as of Sunday evening according to Rear Adm. Philip Sobeck, commander of the Expeditionary Strike Group 3. Most suffered smoke inhalation and heat exhaustion. The admiral did not say if any had suffered burn injuries.



Read more: https://www.cbs8.com/article/news/local/uss-bonhomme-richard-on-fire-at-naval-base-san-diego/509-6aec1280-f709-4e88-b9ee-2d393f942467



I finally got done with my yardwork, story now updated.

A friend who works in the local naval shipyard (Bremerton) says that when a ship is being rebuilt, it can be very dangerous. All the crew are trained how to fight a fire on board and will immediately deal with it. Not always the case when in port- crew is often on leave, and civilians doing maintenance are not trained to the ways of shipboard firefighting. The story says there was 160 sailors on board at the time of the first explosion, that seems light to me for a ship that size. Tough fire to get under control.

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Reply 21 hospitalized with injuries from fire, explosion on USS Bonhomme Richard at Naval Base San Diego (Original post)
RainCaster Jul 12 OP
onecaliberal Jul 12 #1
marble falls Jul 12 #2
ancianita Jul 12 #17
SKKY Jul 12 #3
Yonnie3 Jul 12 #4
ffr Jul 12 #5
Kid Berwyn Jul 12 #15
RainCaster Jul 12 #6
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haele Jul 12 #8
Crowman2009 Jul 13 #20
PlanetBev Jul 12 #9
Missn-Hitch Jul 12 #11
mahatmakanejeeves Jul 13 #21
KY_EnviroGuy Jul 12 #10
jmowreader Jul 12 #12
KY_EnviroGuy Jul 12 #13
Crowman2009 Jul 12 #14
NNadir Jul 12 #16
marble falls Jul 13 #22
KY_EnviroGuy Jul 12 #18
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Response to RainCaster (Original post)

Sun Jul 12, 2020, 02:55 PM

1. Not good. This ship has seen some action.

Several are injured.

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Response to RainCaster (Original post)

Sun Jul 12, 2020, 02:56 PM

2. USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) is a Wasp-class amphibious assault ship

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Bonhomme_Richard_(LHD-6)

USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) is a Wasp-class amphibious assault ship, and the third ship of the United States Navy to bear the name.[2] She was named in honor of John Paul Jones' famous frigate, which he had named in French "Good Man Richard," in honor of Benjamin Franklin, the U.S. Ambassador to France at the time; "Richard" is derived from Franklin's Poor Richard's Almanac.

The primary mission of Bonhomme Richard is to embark, deploy and land elements of a Marine landing force in amphibious assault operations by helicopter, landing craft and amphibious vehicle, and if needed, to act as a light aircraft carrier.

Bonhomme Richard is currently in active service and is the flagship for Expeditionary Strike Group Three.[3]
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Construction and career

The contract to build her was awarded to Ingalls Shipbuilding on 11 December 1992, and her keel was laid down on 18 April 1995. She was launched on 14 March 1997, delivered to the Navy on 12 May 1998, and commissioned on 15 August 1998.
Commissioning

Bonhomme Richard departed her building yard, Ingalls Shipbuilding division of Litton Industries, Pascagoula, Mississippi, on 8 August 1998, sailing into Pensacola Harbor at Naval Air Station Pensacola for commissioning activities and culminating with the main ceremony, which was held on 15 August 1998.

U.S. Representative John P. Murtha, of Pennsylvania's 12th Congressional District, delivered the principal commissioning address. Then Secretary of the Navy, John H. Dalton, placed the new ship in commission. Congressman Murtha's wife, Mrs. Joyce Murtha, served as Ship Sponsor, and christened the ship at Ingalls in May 1997. During the commissioning, Mrs. Murtha gave the traditional order to "Man our ship and bring her to life!"
Deployments
Bonhomme Richard underway in the Pacific Ocean.
Bonhomme Richard off Oahu, Hawaii

Bonhomme Richard participated in several operations. From 24 January to 24 July 2000, the ship made the first Western Pacific (WESTPAC) deployment of any U.S. Navy ship in the 2000s as part of Operation Southern Watch. She deployed as part of Operation Enduring Freedom from 1 December 2001 to 18 June 2002.

Her next deployment was in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, beginning 17 January 2003 and lasting to 26 July 2003. Bonhomme Richard played two significant roles in Operation Iraqi Freedom; first, she offloaded more than 1,000 Marines and gear from the 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines into Kuwait. Second, after delivering her attack and transport helicopters, troops, and vehicles, she took up position just miles off the coast of Kuwait and became one of two light aircraft carriers, or "Harrier Carriers", along with USS Bataan in the Persian Gulf, launching AV-8B Harrier strike aircraft into Iraq. Pilots from Marine Attack Squadron 211 (VMA-211) and VMA-311, embarked aboard Bonhomme Richard, expended more than 175,000 pounds (79,000 kg) of ordnance, providing close air support to the Marines on the ground and during predetermined strikes in Iraq. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, Bonhomme Richard launched more than 800 sorties, including 547 combat launches.

Beginning 6 December 2004, Bonhomme Richard detached as a supporting unit of Operation Iraqi Freedom and sailed to Sri Lanka to provide support for relief efforts following the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and its subsequent tsunamis. On 4 January 2005 the ship helped airlift relief supplies to the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia.[4]

Bonhomme Richard deployed in Operation Unified Assistance from 5 January 2005 to February 2005. On a port visit in Guam on 28 December, the ship and her Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) were ordered to the Indian Ocean to help in relief efforts following the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake. Her helicopters flew supplies and medical personnel into various areas of Indonesia, as well as evacuating the wounded.

The following July, Bonhomme Richard participated in RIMPAC 2006. From 23 May to November 2007 she joined up with two U.S. Navy aircraft carriers, John C. Stennis and Nimitz and their Carrier Strike Groups (CSG) off the coast of Iran to carry out previously unannounced air and sea exercises. In July 2008, the ship took part in RIMPAC 2008 off the coast of Hawaii.

From September 2009 to April 2010, Bonhomme Richard deployed to the Fifth and Seventh Fleet Areas of Operations (AoR). Ports of call include East Timor, Phuket, Thailand, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Oahu, Hawaii. In July she participated in RIMPAC 2010 in the Kaulakahi Channel, between Kauai and Niihau Islands, Hawaii, near the Pacific Missile Range Facility.

On 23 April 2012, Bonhomme Richard took the place of USS Essex as the command ship for Expeditionary Strike Group Seven and switched homeport from San Diego, California to Sasebo, Japan.[3]

During the summer of 2013, Bonhomme Richard participated in Exercise Talisman Sabre 2013. Maneuvers were performed off Queensland, Australia and in the Coral Sea. After the exercise, the ship sailed for Sydney, arriving 16 August 2013.[5]

Bonhomme Richard assisted in the air-sea rescue operation of the capsized South Korean ferry with helicopters on 16 April 2014.[6]

In June 2017, Bonhomme Richard participated in Exercise Talisman Saber 2017 involving more than 33,000 Australian and U.S. troops.[7] Alongside Bonhomme Richard, 20 other ships and over 200 aircraft took part in what was Australia's largest exercise to date.[8] This was followed by a week long port call in Melbourne.

On 8 May 2018, Bonhomme Richard completed her homeport change to San Diego. [9]
Incidents

On 5 August 2017, after taking off from Bonhomme Richard a U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit crashed in Shoalwater Bay on the east coast of Australia. 23 personnel were rescued, while three died, but their bodies were recovered about three weeks later.[10][11][12]

On 12 July 2020, an explosion occurred onboard the Bonhomme Richard resulting in a significant fire. Several sailors were injured in this incident.[13] Per Pulsepoint, the first call for assistance to SDFD went out at 8:54am and was then upgraded to a 3-alarm fire call.
Shield and Crest
Bonhomme Richard's ship crest.

Dark blue and gold are the colors traditionally used by the United States Navy. The red, white, and blue shield reflects the national colors of the United States and suggests its coat of arms. The six red stripes represent the ship's hull number as well as the six coins placed beneath the mast during mast stepping; red being the color of valor and sacrifice. The gold fleur-de-lis highlights the heritage of the first ship named Bonhomme Richard. The wreath of two green laurel branches symbolizes honor and high achievement commemorating the two previous ships carrying the name Bonhomme Richard. The eagle, overlooking the fleur-de-lis, adapted from historic flags and documents of the American Revolutionary era, symbolizes the fighting spirit, patriotic fervor, and tenacity of both John Paul Jones and the United States Navy. The eagle is flanked by six gold stars representing the battle stars earned by the second Bon Homme Richard during World War II and the Korean War underscoring the heritage and continuing resolve of the fighting Navy. The chief is blue with a wavy edge suggesting a shoreline and reflecting the amphibious mission of Bonhomme Richard. The trident is emblematic of sea prowess and power from the sea; It has wings to commemorate the second Bon Homme Richard, an aircraft carrier and the three tines further represent the three areas of that ship's sea battle service: World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. The trident is scarlet, a color traditionally used by the United States Marine Corps, and highlights action and zeal thus underscoring the ship's assault and battle insertion mission combining the land, sea, and air elements of the fighting force. The trident, synergistically combined with the crossed U.S. Navy and Marine swords, symbolizes combat readiness and teamwork high

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Response to marble falls (Reply #2)

Sun Jul 12, 2020, 08:31 PM

17. Awesome info. Thank you.

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Response to RainCaster (Original post)

Sun Jul 12, 2020, 02:56 PM

3. I almost deployed on the Bonnie Dick, as it's known in some circles.

Deployed on the Carl Vinson instead.

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Response to RainCaster (Original post)

Sun Jul 12, 2020, 02:59 PM

4. Reports with video on Twitter

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Response to RainCaster (Original post)

Sun Jul 12, 2020, 03:23 PM

5. Another angle with explosion at 51 seconds

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Response to ffr (Reply #5)

Sun Jul 12, 2020, 06:07 PM

15. Where are the fire tugs?

It is the US Navy.

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Response to RainCaster (Original post)

Sun Jul 12, 2020, 03:24 PM

6. A shipyard friend did ask that black smoke is bad juju

That could be fuel oil

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Response to RainCaster (Original post)

Sun Jul 12, 2020, 03:33 PM

7. How soon 'til Faux paints this as a terrorist attack?

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Response to RainCaster (Original post)

Sun Jul 12, 2020, 03:43 PM

8. From the pictures, something in the hanger bay blew.

Perhaps a refueling line? Or a big honking transformer/IC board in a dirty, oily machinery room off the hanger bay.
The only ammunition on board would be small arms; wouldn't get a big explosion from that.


Haele

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Response to haele (Reply #8)

Mon Jul 13, 2020, 03:46 AM

20. Or someone with an acetylene torch dropped it next to something flammable.

Like a greasy fryer in the mess kitchen, or a propane tank

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Response to RainCaster (Original post)

Sun Jul 12, 2020, 04:04 PM

9. Some naval trivia for today

Admiral George Morrison was in command of one of the ships named the Bonhomme Richard in 1964. There is a picture of him and his very reluctant son on the ship. The son was forced to get a haircut before the picture was taken. His name? Jim Morrison, soon to be lead singer of The Doors.

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Response to PlanetBev (Reply #9)

Sun Jul 12, 2020, 04:18 PM

11. Well done. I forgot about the Lizard King's father.

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Response to PlanetBev (Reply #9)

Mon Jul 13, 2020, 05:43 AM

21. You mean this:

Jim Morrison, later of the Doors, with his father, George, commander of an earlier US ship called Bon Homme Richard, 1964:


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Response to RainCaster (Original post)

Sun Jul 12, 2020, 04:16 PM

10. Twitter page for this ship for background info....

USS Bonhomme Richard @LHD6BHR
Official Twitter page of USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). #USNavy
Great Blue Seafacebook.com/ussbhr
3,550 Followers

Link: https://twitter.com/LHD6BHR

Most recent (June 2):




Still seeing columns of black smoke (meaning active fire) at 4pm EST. Deck is covered with construction equipment and trailers, suggesting she's in port for major maintenance.

Live video (chopper or fixed camera TV news feeds): https://www.pscp.tv/w/1djGXoyEvgBKZ

KY

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Reply #10)

Sun Jul 12, 2020, 04:33 PM

12. Which ALSO suggests...

that the fire was started because of welding or cutting operations.

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Response to jmowreader (Reply #12)

Sun Jul 12, 2020, 04:57 PM

13. Yep, that was reported on one of the Dan Diego local news channels.....

along with this....

About 160 sailors were aboard the ship at the time of the fire and the entire crew was able to disembark; each sailor was later accounted for.

Eighteen sailors were hospitalized after an explosion erupted during a roaring blaze aboard a military assault ship at Naval Base San Diego Sunday morning, according to Naval Surface Forces.


From: https://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/crews-battle-3-alarm-blaze-on-military-assault-ship/2363877/

Apparently, it's not anywhere near under control despite the high percentage of white smoke (steam) because I observed a huge new column of black smoke at around 4:30pm EST.

They must be using built-in sprinkler and compartment flooding systems to get water on the fire.

This ship will require a lot of work and a long time to return to service.

KY

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Response to RainCaster (Original post)

Sun Jul 12, 2020, 05:28 PM

14. Looks either a contractor is getting fired or some officer is going to be re-assigned to desk duty.

Glad they weren't at sea w/aircraft weapons on board. Never got around to being part of a MEU Det. since the whole Harrier fleet was grounded during four years of active duty somewhere around 2000-01

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Response to RainCaster (Original post)

Sun Jul 12, 2020, 08:00 PM

16. My father served on the aircraft carrier Bon Homme Richard (CV-31) in World War II.

CV-31

I didn't know that there was a third Bon Homme Richard.

I hope everyone is safe.

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Response to NNadir (Reply #16)

Mon Jul 13, 2020, 09:45 AM

22. Your dad saw action on a storied ship.

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Response to RainCaster (Original post)

Sun Jul 12, 2020, 09:16 PM

18. Watch for an update from the Navy at 6:30pm Pacific.....

per local news source ABC TV10 San Diego: https://www.10news.com/

or live feed: https://www.pscp.tv/w/1djGXoyEvgBKZ

KY

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