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  • #76
    This doesn't bode well for thoughts of her ever returning to the fleet;
    https://www.defensenews.com/naval/20...homme-richard/

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    • #77
      Yeah, that was my reaction when I saw it yesterday.
      “Loyalty to country ALWAYS. Loyalty to government, when it deserves it.”
      Mark Twain

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      • #78
        Then there will be the cost of scrapping....
        Even a SINKEX involves a level of abatement of hazardous substances.

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        • #79
          NASSCO, who was working on the ship when the fire started, got a $10 million contract to clean the ship.

          https://news.usni.org/2020/07/22/nas...ghter-response

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          • #80
            ATF joins the investigation.
            https://news.usni.org/2020/07/24/atf...tigation-board

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            • #81
              I think this article misses the mark.

              https://www.forbes.com/sites/craigho.../#325ff62f308a

              I haven't read the reports for the G.W. fire, but I think I know the basics (I just downloaded the report and endorsement from links in the article and will read them directly). I still place a lot of emphasis for the severity of the BHR fire to the general shipyard activity and reduced staffing. The materiel condition of BHR while undergoing yard maintenance and whatever were the conditions on GW while deployed underway should not be compared directly as is done in the article.

              Yes, the GW fire, Fizgerald and McCain collisions, and a few other incidents point to command, training, and manning deficiencies. I still await a report on the BHR fire to make a judgement that blame can be pointed anywhere. That doesn't mean that improvements aren't needed. Also, the reported fires on Kearsarge and Kennedy are probably not as newsworthy as they would have been prior to the BHR fire (or likely, soon after everyone forgets about it and moves on to the next bright, shiny thing). Reports of a 'minor' incident recall my memories of being firewatch in the radar room on an FFG in the 80's. One of the welders working on a platform shouted that there was a fire on the deck. It was about the size of a sparkler. I knew if I used an extinguisher on it, I'd have to report it. I dumped my coffee on it and it was out. That would probably make headlines today.

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              • #82
                A sign of things to come.
                https://news.usni.org/2020/08/04/nav...nce-of-caution

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                • #83
                  For a shipyard novice, of which I am clearly one, this article goes into some of the details on why shipyard fires are a global phenomenon.

                  Link:
                  https://warontherocks.com/2020/08/sm...hipyard-fires/

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                  • #84
                    She is beyond done. Her island is a hollow shell. Four decks just gone. One can make out the bottom side of the CWIS.
                    https://twitter.com/mercoglianos/sta...918780929?s=21
                    Last edited by surfgun; 09 Aug 20,, 22:29.

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                    • #85
                      Navy Investigation Into USS Bonhomme Richard Fire Now Has An Arson Suspect: Report

                      Channel 10 News, the ABC affiliate in San Diego, reports that a sailor is under investigation for the fire that burned for days aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard. The blaze has likely destroyed the multi-billion-dollar capital ship.

                      Channel 10 News states:

                      Multiple sources with close ties to Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) told ABC 10News that investigators determined the July 12 fire may have been set intentionally. Investigators identified a sailor as an arson suspect in their probe, sources said.

                      The sources added multiple search warrants were executed at the sailor’s home and property. The sailor’s name and rank were not disclosed.

                      The outlet also stated that the NCIS team dealing with the investigation has "requested help from the National Response Team for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) because the agency provides resources and expertise on complex, large-scale incidents like the massive ship fire."

                      If indeed a serviceperson caused this, it could represent the most expensive single losses of property due to arson anywhere, let alone from within the Navy. It's worth noting that a civilian contractor was to blame for what is now the second-worst fire aboard a U.S. Navy vessel in recent memory. In 2012, Casey Fury, a painter and sandblaster, lit the Los Angeles class nuclear fast-attack submarine USS Miami (SSN-755) on fire. The damage was pegged at the better part of $1B and the ship was removed from service as a result.

                      We have to highlight that just because there is a suspect, doesn't mean they are guilty or that arson is even the definitive cause for the fire. Still, if this ends up being the case, it will be another gut-punch to the U.S. Navy and will have wide-ranging impacts.

                      We will keep you informed as the investigation continues to unfold. Link
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