Boats combat a fire on board the U.S. Navy amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard at Naval Base San Diego, California, U.S. July 12, 2020. Picture taken July 12, 2020. U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Christina Ross/Handout via REUTERS

Maritime Historian Slams US Navy Over Bonhomme Richard Fire Report

John Konrad
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May 6, 2022

In this episode, maritime historian Sal Mercogliano explores the timeline and issues behind the July 12, 2020 fire onboard USS Bonhomme Richard in San Diego, California. Mercogliano investigates how the actions (and inactions) taken that day along with the four areas identified in the JAGMAN investigation – Material Condition, Training and Readiness, Shore Establishment Support, and Oversight.

Also Read: Fire, Fire, Fire: How Navy Failures Destroyed the Bonhomme Richard

In this episode Mercogliano, who is a fireman and former ship’s officer, tears into the timeline of the response and provides harsh criticism of both the Navy’s response and the incident investigation they did after the fire.

Stay tuned to his channel because, in the next video, Mercogliano says he will look at the importance of Fireboats and why the Navy – falsely – thinks it does not need one in San Diego.

Also Read: Dear Admiral Kitchener: San Diego Urgently Needs A Fireboat by John Konrad

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