# USS Bonhomme Richard on fire at Naval Base San Diego

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#### Winston

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USS Bonhomme Richard on fire at Naval Base San Diego - July 12, 2020
12 Jul 2020

Launched: 14 March 1997
Commissioned: 15 August 1998

Name: Wasp class
Builders: Ingalls Shipbuilding
Operators: United States Navy
Preceded by: Tarawa class
Succeeded by: America class

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Here are some dots I connected in another case [...]
NYC is UTC-4 at that time of year. 13:57 - 4 = 9:57 AM. Close enough.
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#### rharshberger

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Until the investigation is complete I am not going to agree with conspiracy theories either. I am more worried the ship will be cheaper to replace than repair.

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Until the investigation is complete I am not going to agree with conspiracy theories either. I am more worried the ship will be cheaper to replace than repair.
Agree, and you are most likely right on the cost assessment.
But I bet it will be repaired for emotional and job security reasons (for everyone involved).

Writing off a whole ship, as at outcome of negligence (or worse), is a really bad career move for the Navy commanders involved.
Far better to paint it as a battle scar or a battle-challenge that needs to be overcome at any cost, to preserve honor, dignity, and love for <insert your favorite thing here>.

#### rharshberger

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Agree, and you are most likely right on the cost assessment.
But I bet it will be repaired for emotional and job security reasons (for everyone involved).

Writing off a whole ship, as at outcome of negligence (or worse), is a really bad career move for the Navy commanders involved.
Far better to paint it as a battle scar or a battle-challenge that needs to be overcome at any cost, to preserve honor, dignity, and love for <insert your favorite thing here>.
I am not a sentimentalist when it comes to ships with no "historical significance", yes it has won the Battle E award 8 times, but it bears no emotional value to the nation as whole like say the USS Constitution (Old Ironsides). I know she has emotional value to the men who have served aboard her, and that counts for something. I do think that we should try and preserve history so that we can see where we have been and since there are seven other ships in her class her single loss will not impact history as one of them can be preserved if desired.

#### eljefe

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Given the severity of damage reported and the age of the ship, I highly doubt it will be worth repairing. The Wasp class LHDs cost about $1.5 billion to build. I bet repairing LHD-6 will be upwards of$1 billion, for a ship already over 20 years old.

While an accident is the most likely explanation for the fire, I wouldn't be so quick as other posters to rule out sabotage. Just remember what happened to the Miami.

#### Winston

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...requires you to have a TSA-issued ID that you get with the same background check as the TSA Pre Check
Sorry, you lost me at that point, but I did read it all. I know of a DOD SCIF(!) that was halfway through construction until it was halted after it was discovered that 50% of the construction crew were illegal aliens (to use the government term used in US Code related to them)! A TSA clearance? Give me a break. Plus, a person can be completely clean until something happens in their life to change their world view. Or they can be blackmailed. Or they can be paid. Or...

You can see from that danger while in port article that the most vulnerable time for a military vessel in peacetime is while it's in port being worked on. Perfect time for "an accident." Government intel agencies do this sort of thing quite often from what I've read. They "send a message" about an adversary's vulnerability while providing inadequate proof for a retaliatory strike.

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