USS Bonhomme Richard fire burns on into fourth day

MARITIME EXECUTIVE | Firefighting efforts aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard continued into their fourth day on Wednesday as Federal Fire and Navy personnel pushed forward to combat a blaze near the bow. 

Helicopter water drops continue, and MH-60 aircrews from Naval Base San Diego have made a total of 1,500 trips to deliver seawater onto the deck and superstructure, giving crews cover as they work to fight the fire inside the ship. 

400 personnel have rotated through the firefighting effort, including crewmembers from USS Cowpens, Fitzgerald, Decatur, Shoup, Stethem, Tulsa, Rushmore, Harpers Ferry, San Diego, John P. Murtha and Abraham Lincoln. Additional military firefighters from Camp Pendleton and the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center have also joined the effort, along with Federal Fire units from around the region. 

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