3 Alarm Fire Raging on USS Bonhomme Richard

The fire aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), a wasp-class amphibious assault ship, was being fought overnight. Naval Base San Diego, the City of San Diego Fire Department, Harbor Police fire boats, and fire teams from other ships are leading the firefighting efforts.

Aerial firefighting began with a helicopter water bucket with two helicopters from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron THREE. The origin of the fire remains unknown and is pending investigation.

As of Monday morning, 15 personnel including 13 Sailors and two Federal Fire firefighters, were admitted to local hospitals. All are currently in stable condition. 160 crew members were on board when the fire began.

All crew have been accounted for.

On Sunday, July 12 at approximately 8:30am (PST) sailors reported a fire aboard the vessel that was moored pier side at Naval Base San Diego. The fire quickly became a 3 alarm fire that is expected to burn for days.

Federal Fire San Diego is the on-scene lead for firefighting efforts on Naval Base San Diego combatting the fire on USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). There are two fire-fighting teams that are fighting the fire. They are rotating out every 15 minutes, as the fire is burning too hot for them to stay on board any longer than that.

“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 also continuously combatting the fire from the bay,” said Federal Fire San Diego Division Chief Rob Bondurant.

The ship has developed a starboard list according to an eye witness, who recorded footage of the fire.

Also, she is definitely developed an obvious starboard list.

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The Bonhomme Richard was in San Diego for a regularly scheduled maintenance availability at the base. In 2018 a contract for $218 million was awarded to General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Co. by the Navy’s Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) to complete the maintenance.

The repairs were expected to be completed by May 2020. The availability included a combination of maintenance, modernization, and repair. It also included upgrades and modernization to operate the new F-35B Joint Strike Fighter.

Before arriving in San Diego in 2018, the vessel spent six years in Japan as part of the U.S. Forward Deployed Naval Force. During that deployment, she served as the flagship of the Amphibious Force 7th Fleet’s expeditionary strike group.

USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) is a Wasp-class amphibious assault ship of the U.S. Navy that is homeported at Naval Base San Diego. It is the third Navy ship that bears this name. 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.

The primary mission of USS 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.

SAN DIEGO – Port of San Diego Harbor Police Department boats combat a fire on board USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) at Naval Base San Diego, July 12. On the morning of July 12, a fire was called away aboard the ship while it was moored pier side at Naval Base San Diego. Local, base and shipboard firefighters responded to the fire. USS Bonhomme Richard is going through a maintenance availability, which began in 2018. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Christina Ross)


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