USA: 21 injured by explosion and fire on military ship moored at the port of San Diego

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The US Navy has reported a "terrible tragedy aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) when a fire broke out while docked in the port of San Diego. "

A total of 21 people (17 sailors and four civilians) reported non-lethal injuries (burns and poisoning) and were transported to hospital. The response of the rescue (local, base and on board) would have been "rapid and immediate". From the first news the fire would have broken out following an explosion.

The USS Bonhomme Richard, entered service in 1998, it is the sixth amphibious assault ship belonging to the class Wasp. In service the unit counts on a crew of 1000 sailors who can add up to 2000 marines. At the time of the accident it was under maintenance and 160 people were on board.

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