Navy to Decommission Assault Ship Damaged in Fire

by HB Auld, Jr.

The US Navy announced November 30, 2020, that it will soon decommission the USS BONHOMME RICHARD (LHD 6), a Wasp-class amphibious assault ship, due to the extensive damage sustained during the July fire.

The Navy announced it would cost approximately $3 Billion to restore the ship to viability.

According to the US Navy, “We did not come to this decision lightly,” said Secretary of the Navy Kenneth J. Braithwaite. “Following an extensive material assessment in which various courses of action were considered and evaluated, we came to the conclusion that it is not fiscally responsible to restore her.

“Although it saddens me that it is not cost effective to bring her back, I know this ship’s legacy will continue to live on through the brave men and women who fought so hard to save her, as well as the Sailors and Marines who served aboard her during her 22-year history,” Braithwaite said.

All investigations associated with the fire onboard LHD 6 remain ongoing. USS Bonhomme Richard is assigned to the Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet.


The full Navy story is at:

https://www.navy.mil/Press-Office/Press-Releases/display-pressreleases/Article/2429949/navy-to-decommission-uss-bonhomme-richard/fbclid/IwAR3Hxs7RCqCW1F2pYjOTPHhriS_gN-HQ7mP-cRCE5MFTZbypAUdZbYb-33U/

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