Investigators looking into the cause of the July 12 fire on board USS Bonhomme Richard, while the ship was in San Diego Bay undergoing repair, suspect the fire … A fire burns aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard in San Diego on July 12, 2020. “The tragic events onboard USS Bonhomme Richard illustrate the catastrophic effects of a shipboard fire,” the letter reads. Like the previous five Wasp-class ships, Bonhomme Richard is designed 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. Navy investigators are questioning one sailor regarding a possible role in the fire that gutted the USS Bonhomme Richard in July. The fire in Bonhomme Richard was not small by any means and may end up costing the Navy more than $3 billion to replace the ship entirely, or at least many hundreds of millions to repair it. ; The fire severely damaged the … … Investigators looking into the cause of the July 12 fire on board the USS Bonhomme Richard, while the ship was undergoing repairs, suspect the fire may have been caused by … USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) is a Wasp-class amphibious assault ship of the United States Navy commissioned in 1998. 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. On July 12, an explosion rocked the USS Bonhomme Richard, touching off a fire that raged for four days, gutting the amphibious assault ship. SAN DIEGO — A senior defense official said Wednesday arson is suspected as the 21 hospitalized with injuries from fire, explosion on USS Bonhomme Richard at Naval Base San Diego Seventeen sailors and four civilians were hospitalized with injuries, according to Navy officials. As of Tuesday evening, the U.S. Navy announced that it had made "significant progress" toward putting out the fire on the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6), …