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A sailor is under investigation for possibly deliberately starting a fire aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard of the United States Navy last July.
“There is a potential suspect,” a military official close to the investigation told CNN.
The source, who preferred to remain anonymous, emphasized that, for now, no one has been charged and the investigation continues.
The US Navy declined to comment on a still-active investigation.
The fire on board the Wasp- class amphibious assault ship started on the morning of July 12, in a storage area, and quickly spread throughout most of the vessel.
It took more than four days for firefighters to finally extinguish the flames.
The ship, in service for 22 years, was docked at a San Diego shipyard for maintenance operations.
The US Navy continues to account for the damage caused by the fire and has not yet announced whether it plans to repair the USS Bonhomme Richard or remove it.
If it is confirmed that the flames on board the vessel were caused by a military man, the incident would become the arson that caused the most material loss in history, the Drive noted.
The incident could also become the second deliberate burning of a US military vessel in less than a decade. In 2012, Casey Fury, a civilian who worked on the maintenance of the nuclear attack submarine USS Miami, set the vessel on fire. The man was sentenced to 17 years in prison and a fine of 400 million dollars.
Following the submersible fire, the Navy chose to dispose of the ship rather than fix it. The current price to replace the USS Miami with a new Virginia – class submarine is 2,600 million dollars, explained Popular Mechanics.
Source: Mundo Sputnik News