The department considered the possibility of repairing the ship, but its restoration as a landing ship is unprofitable.
The Bonhomme Richard, a multipurpose landing ship of the US Navy, which broke out in a massive fire in July, will be incapacitated due to damage. This was announced on Monday, November 30, by the press service of the department.
“After careful consideration of the issue, the Navy decided to write off the USS Bonhomme Richard in connection with significant damage received during the fire in July,” — stated in the press release.
It is noted that the Navy was considering the possibility of repairing the ship, but the restoration of the Bonhomme Richard and its use either as a landing ship or for alternative purposes is unprofitable.
“We did not come to this decision easily. After extensive assessments of the material, which considered and evaluated various options for action, we concluded that its restoration was not financially viable,” said Secretary of the Navy Kenneth J. Braithwaite.
According to experts, more than three billion dollars may be needed for repairs.
Recall that on July 12, an explosion occurred at Bonhomme Richard and a fire broke out, as a result of which 21 people were injured.
The firefight lasted five days. At least 63 people, including 40 military and 23 civilians, were injured during the extinguishing of the fire.
Failure to comply with safety regulations was indicated as the likely cause of the disaster.