Photos have emerged online this week of the charred insides of the amphibious assault ship Bonhomme Richard, which burned for more than four days this week. A Navy official confirmed the authenticity of the images. The collection below was gathered and posted on Twitter by @Osinttechnical.
By Geoff Ziezulewicz
SOURCE: NAVY TIMES
The fire was called away at 8:30 a.m. Sunday. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday said Friday that officials thought the blaze was under control as of Sunday evening, but that wind and explosions forced a retreat of fire crews.
Whether the ship will sail again remains unclear. Gilday said the defense industry could make Bonhomme Richard seaworthy again, but that it may not be worth the cost.
Bonhomme Richard was in a San Diego shipyard in the midst of upgrades to take on the next-generation F-35B fighter jet. The loss of the amphib raises questions about how the Navy will get the jets to a future fight. READ AND SEE MORE PHOTOS HERE