The Association of the United States Navy extends its thoughts and prayers to the crew of the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6).
Reports indicate that 34 sailors and 23 civilians were injured after an explosion Sunday morning while the ship was docked at its homeport in San Diego. While we are relieved to hear that all are expected to survive, we understand that five remain in the hospital and that authorities are still working to contain the blaze.
This incident combined with collisions in recent years involving Navy ships shows that even when not at war, our Sailors put themselves in harm’s way every day. We thank all of our Sailors for their service and wish for a full recovery of all of our men and women, along with a swift end to the fire aboard the Bonhomme Richard.
MAIN PHOTO: SAN DIEGO (Nov. 26, 2018) The amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) is moored pierside at Naval Base San Diego. Bonhomme Richard is in its homeport of San Diego. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Gavin Shields)