Five days after the U.S.S. Bonhomme Richard blazed the combined efforts of the sailors and firefighters extinguished the fire.
Rear Adm. Philip Sobeck Commander of Expeditionary Strike Group Three claimed they averted the worst and the ship can sail again.
“The ship can be repaired. Whether or not it will be repaired will be determined.”
The forward portion of the main deck got the most of the damage, said the report.
Meanwhile, the engine and fuel areas escaped severe damage.
At any rate, this meant that the ship can see returning to service.
A Sailor’s Curious Tale
Navy leadership pointed out a curious tale of one injured sailor.
He suffered a minor injury when an explosion occurred.
Also, the same sailor returned to assist in the effort when a second explosion happened.
Again, the sailor suffered minor injuries.
Ultimately, he got stop on this third attempt to join the firefighting squad.
“Over the last four days, I’ve witnessed your sons and daughters rushing to the flames.”
“(They are) putting the flames out and securing their ship.”
Previous reports said both Navy personnel and local firefighters sustained injuries.
Recently, local leaders said the communities around the base have a higher rate of asthma and other conditions.
This is the result of the smoke and pollution from the burning warship.
A Maintenance Fire
Navy officials claimed that became apparent that fire occurred in the ships during maintenance.
They said investigators are looking into how to prevent future fires.
Curiously, the U.S.S. Bonhomme Richard was the seventh warship to catch fire while undergoing maintenance in the past 10 years.
“Over the last 10 years, you’re going to have areas where errors exist.”
“We’ve addressed each of those errors each one of those times and we’ve learned those lessons.”
Lastly, he noted that previous fire is due to “human error or equipment failure.”