Smoke rises from the united statesBonhomme Richard in San Diego after an explosion and fireplace final 12 months at Naval Base San Diego. The U.S. Navy mentioned Thursday that arson fees have been filed in opposition to a sailor.Denis Poroy/AP
SAN DIEGO — The U.S. Navy charged a sailor Thursday with beginning a hearth final 12 months that destroyed the USS Bonhomme Richard docked off San Diego, marking the maritime department’s worst warship blaze outdoors of fight in latest reminiscence.
The amphibious assault ship burned for more than four days. Left with in depth structural, electrical and mechanical harm, the ship was later scrapped. Estimates to exchange it ran as much as $four billion.
The sailor was a member of the crew on the time, Cmdr. Sean Robertson, a U.S. third Fleet spokesperson, mentioned in a press release. The sailor was charged with aggravated arson and the willful hazarding of a vessel, Robertson mentioned. No identify was launched.
No different particulars have been offered, and it was unclear what proof was discovered or what the motive was.
The amphibious assault ships are among the many few within the U.S. fleet that may act as a mini plane provider.
The Bonhomme Richard had been nearing the top of a two-year improve estimated to price $250 million when the fireplace broke out on July 12, 2020.
A sailor has been charged with arson within the explosion and fireplace on board the united statesBonhomme Richard in San Diego final 12 months.Denis Poroy/AP
About 160 sailors and officers were on board when the flames despatched up an enormous plume of darkish smoke from the 840-foot (256-meter) vessel, which had been docked at Naval Base San Diego whereas present process the improve.