WASHINGTON â The USS Bonhomme Richard will not return to sea after the Navy determined that the damage it sustained from a fire in July â¦ UPDATE: 3:05 p.m., July 17, 2020: The fate of the USS Bonhomme Richard, charred and crippled following a four-day fire that tore through the warship at â¦ Arson is suspected as the cause of a July 12 fire that left extensive damage to the USS Bonhomme Richard docked off San Diego, and a U.S. Navy sailor was being questioned as â¦ The U.S. Navy announced Monday it will decommission, rather than repair or repurpose, the USS Bonhomme Richard because of extensive damage from a â¦ As USNI News notes: âBetween December 1941 and September 1945, over 350 U.S. Navy warships and patrol craft were sunk or damaged beyond repair. Eight Sailors assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) were meritoriously advanced to the next pay grade during a promotion â¦ Sections of the Bonhomme Richard's flight deck are warped and bulging â¦ âWe did not come to this decision lightly,â said Secretary of the Navy Kenneth J. Braithwaite. July 23, 2020, 8:20 AM . The fire compromised the structural integrity of the aft mast, located above the shipâs superstructure. The U.S. Navy announced Monday it will decommission, rather than repair or repurpose, the USS Bonhomme Richard because of extensive damage from a fire while the vessel was in port. The USS Bonhomme Richard, an amphibious assault ship, burned for more than four days in July and was the Navy's worst U.S. warship fire outside of combat in recent memory. â¦ Sailors aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard don firefighting equipment to help combat the fire last Sunday. Even if the ship is saved, it will be out of action for an extended period of â¦ USS Bonhomme Richard Ablaze. The USS Bonhomme Richard has been homeported at Naval Base San Diego since its last deployment in spring 2018, when it returned from a six-year port switch to Sasebo, Japan. A top U.S. Navy official who toured the USS Bonhomme Richard on Friday called the damage from the recent days-long fire aboard the warship "extensive" and â¦ Read full article. A week after the burning of USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6), many questions remain. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 3rd Class Jason Waite . Firefighting efforts continued Tuesday morning on the USS Bonhomme Richard as the three-alarm fire raging aboard the battleship docked in California continued to burn; More than 160 people had been aboard the USS Bonhomme â¦ Some of these, involving how the fire started and how it spread, are â¦ The July fire on board the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) offers the Navy and the nationâs shipyards a valuable opportunity they have not had the since the end of World War IIâthe chance to repair a capital ship that has suffered catastrophic damage. On July 12, an explosion rocked the USS Bonhomme Richard, touching off a fire that raged for four days, gutting the amphibious assault ship. Gina Harkins. USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) is a Wasp-class amphibious assault ship of the United States Navy commissioned in 1998. Saving USS Bonhomme Richard: Powerful pictures capture brave work of firefighters trying to put out warship fire at Naval Base San Diego as temperatures hit 1,000F . USS Bonhomme Richard, its fate uncertain, would be one of largest ships Navy has lost outside of combat. â¦ The U.S. Navy on Monday announced it will decommission the USS Bonhomme Richard, the warship that caught fire and burned for days this summer at â¦ Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday, right, walks through the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) on July 17, 2020, to assess fire damage. Fire Damage to USS Bonhomme Richard Extensive, Navy's Top Admiral Says. Navy Officials Fear USS Bonhomme Richard Fire Has Damaged It Beyond Repair Amphibious assault ship one of the few in U.S. fleet that can launch F-35 operations More than 60 sailors and civilians have been treated for â¦ After thorough consideration, the Navy has decided to decommission USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), a Wasp-class amphibious assault ship, due to the extensive damage sustained during the July fire.