US war ship caught fire at the American naval base in San Diego [video]
WASHINGTON, (BM) – The fire on the USS Bonhomme Richard universal landing ship at the US naval base in San Diego injured several sailors, the city’s fire department said, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
It is also noted that an explosion occurred on the ship. On Twitter, the fire department indicated that the victims were being helped.
According to local media reports, 11 sailors were injured. The cause of the fire, according to FOX News, has not yet been established.
In shots taken from the air, it is seen that puffs of dark gray smoke burst from the middle of the moored ship. A fire from the water is extinguished by several special boats.
The fire department of the city also reported on Twitter that its employees were ordered to leave the pier, for which reason it is not specified.
USS Bonhomme Richard joined the U.S. Navy in 1998. It belongs to the Wasp class universal landing craft and is equipped with a take-off deck. The ship has a displacement of more than 28 thousand tons, a length of over 250 meters and a width of 43 meters.
It is capable of carrying about 1900 Marines, up to 20 Hurrier vertical take-off planes and up to 46 CH-46 helicopters. The ship is equipped with anti-aircraft missile weapons.
About USS Bonhomme Richard
USS Bonn Richard (LHD-6) is a wasp-class landing craft, and the third ship of the United States Navy to have a name. She was named after John Paul Jones of the famous “frigate, which he named in French” Good Man Richard,” after Benjamin Franklin, US ambassador to France at the time; “Richard” is derived from the Franklin Almanac of poor Richard.
Bonhomme Richard’s primary goal is to launch, deploy, and land elements of amphibious assault in helicopter assault landing operations, ship landing, and amphibious operations and, if necessary, act as a light carrier aircraft
Bonn Richard is currently on active duty and is the flagship for expeditionary strike group Seven.
About San Diego Naval Base
The San Diego Naval Base (Eng. Naval Base San Diego), which locals call the 32nd Street Naval Station, is the second largest naval base above the U.S. Navy and is located in the city of San Diego (California).
The San Diego Naval Base is the main port of the US Pacific Fleet, consisting of more than 50 ships and more than 190 possessions. The base consists of 13 berths, stretching over 977 acres (3.95 km²) of land and 326 acres (1.32 km²) of water. The total population of the base is more than 24,000 military personnel and more than 10,000 civilians.
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