Firefighting boats spray water on USS Bonhomme Richard together smoke rises native a fire onboard the ship at naval Base mountain Diego top top July 12, 2020.Bing Guan / Reuters
The navy has made decision to scrap the USS Bonhomme Richard, the amphibious attack ship that captured fire over the summer in san Diego, public official announced Monday.

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Navy Secretary Kenneth Braithwaite said the decision to be made after ~ officials established the damages was as well extensive and also the expense of repair also high to justification salvaging the vessel.

“We did not concerned this decision lightly,” Braithwaite said. “Following comprehensive material assessment in which various courses of activity were considered and also evaluated, we pertained to the conclusion that it is not fiscally responsible to regain her.”

The fire damaged out July 12 and took 4 days to extinguish. The ship, which works to deploy aspects of naval landing forces, was based at Naval Base san Diego after having actually spent six years in Japan.


Investigators believe the fire may have been intentionally set but the Navy has actually yet come formally explain it a situation of arson.

The damage caused by the fire was extensive. “Probably 60% that the ship would require replacement,” consisting of the mast, island, and the level directly listed below the trip deck, claimed Rear Admiral Eric Ver Hage, the commander of Navy regional Maintenance Center.

Following considerable review, the navy concluded that rebuilding the ship would cost an ext than $3 billion and also take between five and also seven year to complete. Braithwaite stated the Navy additionally examined rebuilding the delivery for alternate purposes but determined the price could exceed $1 billion, which he claimed was as lot or more than that would expense to construct a brand-new hospital ship, submarine tender, or command and also control ship.

The marine has currently started prepare to tow the USS Bonhomme and also begin harvesting components for various other ships.

“Then that will eventually be scrapped,” Ver Hage said.

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Courtney Kube
Courtney Kube is a correspondent covering national security and the military for the NBC News Investigative Unit.