Navy Reveals Findings From Investigation Into Fire That Lasted 5 Days, Destroyed Ship

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The Navy announced several failures caused by commanders, crew members and other sailors that led to a five-day-long fire in July 2020 that destroyed the USS Bonhomme Richard, the Associated Press reported.

One sailor, Seaman Apprentice Ryan Sawyer Mays, was charged with aggravated arson and willful hazarding of a vessel while another 36 crew members’ actions led or contributed to the blaze that destroyed the ship, according to a U.S. Navy report, reviewed by the AP.  The Navy also announced failures in training, coordination, communication, fire preparedness, equipment maintenance and overall command on the ship.

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