On July 12, 2020, the USS Bonhomme Richard caught fire.
The ship was docked at Naval Base San Diego at the time, and the fire was considered the worst fire on a warship outside of combat at the time.
Late Thursday, it was announced that a US sailor is being charged for starting the fire.
Charges Imminent, Court Martial Probable
The explosion and resulting fire resulted in roughly a dozen injuries at the time.
After a full investigation, it was discovered that a sailor aboard the ship was allegedly responsible for the fire.
Restoration of the ship would have cost upwards of $3 billion, so the amphibious assault ship was decommissioned instead.
When the decision was made to take the ship out of commission, then-Secretary of the Navy Kenneth Braithwaite stated, “We did not come to this decision lightly.
“Following an extensive material assessment in which various courses of action were considered and evaluated, we came to the conclusion that it is not fiscally responsible to restore her.”
Navy spokesperson Cmdr. Sean Robertson stated, “Evidence collected during the investigation is sufficient to direct a preliminary hearing in accordance with due process under the military justice system.”
Vice Adm. Steve Koehler, commander of the U.S. Third Fleet, is also reportedly considering a full court-martial in the case.
Source: Fox News