The U.S. Navy on Thursday blamed the U.S. Navy for a devastating fire that destroyed a military ship in July 2020 in San Diego, California.
The sailor, who was part of the crew of the amphibious attack ship USS Bonhome Richard, “is alleged to have started the fire,” 3rd Fleet spokesman Commander Sean Robertson said in a statement. Gesture.
He was charged Thursday under the Military Justice Code. The 3rd Fleet Commander, Vice Admiral Steve Kohler, was appointed by an independent military judge to make the decision at a preliminary hearing on whether he should be formally charged at Mopala.
“The evidence collected during the investigation is sufficient to order a preliminary investigation in accordance with the rules of military law,” said Commander Robertson.
The USS Bonhome Richard was docked at its naval base, Naval Base San Diego, for maintenance when the fire broke out on July 12, 2020.
160 sailors were on board. The navy said 17 sailors and four civilians were slightly injured and taken to hospital.
Several firefighters also sustained burns and inhaled smoke.
It burned four days before firefighters put out the blaze. The U.S. Navy has been planning for some time to make repairs, but the damage was canceled in early 2021.