Burning USS Bonhomme Richard Signals More Trouble for Navy

U.S. Navy helicopters and city firefighters fight a fire on the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard at Naval Base San Diego, Calif., July 13, 2020. (Mike Blake/Reuters)
The latest incident in a long line of recent trouble suggests continued internal weakness

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T he Navy suffered yet another cruel blow this past weekend when a fire broke out onboard the light amphibious carrier USS Bonhomme Richard, one of the oldest and most revered names in U.S. naval history, and then grew to massive proportions and spread throughout the ship. At one point the ship was entirely evacuated, firefighting tugboats pulled back, and the two destroyers that were tied up across the pier from the burning ship got under way as quickly as possible to escape the soaring temperatures and thick smoke. Local fire officials momentarily speculated that the ship might have to be


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