An explosion has occurred onboard the Bonhomme Richard while in her home port at Naval Base San Diego undergoing maintenance, resulting in a significant fire.
Seventeen sailors and four civilians were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
— SDFD (@SDFD) July 12, 2020
The USS Bonhomme Richard is a Wasp class amphibious assault ship and the primary mission of Bonhomme Richard is to embark, deploy and land elements of a Marine landing force in amphibious assault operations by helicopter, landing craft and amphibious vehicle, and if needed, to act as a light aircraft carrier.
According to NBC News, a three-alarm fire on the USS Bonhomme Richard was reported at 8:51 a.m. San Diego is the ship’s homeport.
BREAKING VIDEO – Explosion and fire on the USS Bonhomme Richard LHD-6, an amphibious assault ship ported in San Diego. Several sailors injured.#BonhommeRichard #USSBonhommeRichard #LHD6 pic.twitter.com/xa2ILzDryv
— Joseph Sunny (@JoKnight273) July 13, 2020