The U.S. Navy on Thursday blamed a spectacular fire on San Diego, California, for injuring 20 people who destroyed a military ship in July 2020.
U.S.S. The sailor, who was part of the crew of the diabetes attack ship Bonhom Richard, was “charged with starting the fire,” 3rd Navy spokesman Commander Sean Robertson said in a statement. Gesture.
He was indicted on Thursday under the Military Justice Act. 3rd Fleet Commander Vice Admiral Steve Kohler is considering a military court that has appointed an independent military judge to decide at a preliminary hearing whether he should be formally charged.
“The evidence collected during the investigation is sufficient to order a preliminary investigation according to the Military Justice Code,” said General Robertson.
The USS Bonhome Richard was maintained at its naval base in San Diego when it caught fire on July 12, 2020.
There were about 160 sailors on board. According to the Navy, 17 sailors and four civilians were hospitalized with minor injuries.
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 while to repair it, but the damage was removed in early 2021.
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