Fire on USS Bonhomme Richard

Report released about the fire aboard USS Bonhomme Richard

According to Business Insider, a US Navy amphibious assault ship was destroyed by fire last summer in part because sailors failed to press a button that could have activated a critical fire-suppression system, the command investigation into the incident found.

In July 2020, the ship was set on fire while pier-side in San Diego for maintenance. The fire burned intensely for four days, damaging the ship to the point that the Navy decided to scrap it rather than repair it.

Former 3rd Fleet commander Vice Adm. Scott Conn said in an investigation report on the fire that "although the fire was started by an act of arson, the ship was lost due to an inability to extinguish the fire." He specifically called attention to how the "inadequately prepared crew" mounted an "ineffective fire response."

Read more: A $2 billion US Navy warship went up in flames in part because sailors failed to press a button, investigation finds.

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