The U.S. Navy on Thursday blamed the spectacular fire that destroyed a military ship in July 2020 in San Diego, California, for injuring about 20 people.
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U.S.S. The sailor, who was part of the crew of Bonhom Richard’s Diabetes Ship, was “charged with starting the fire,” 3rd Navy spokesman Commander Sean Robertson said in a statement, gesturing without identifying it, or specifying a possible motive.
He was indicted on Thursday, according to the Military Justice Code. Vice Admiral Steve Kohler, commander of the 3rd Fleet, plans to court him, who has hired an independent military judge.
“The evidence collected during the investigation is sufficient to order a preliminary investigation according to the Military Justice Code,” said Commander Robertson.
When the fire broke out on July 12, 2020, USS Bonhome Richard was docked in San Diego, its home port, for maintenance.
About 160 sailors were on board. According to the Navy, 17 sailors and four civilians were slightly injured and taken to hospital.
Many firefighters breathed in the burns and smoke.
It burned four days before firefighters put out the blaze. The U.S. Navy had planned for a period of time to repair it, but the damage was removed by early 2021.
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