General Dynamics NASSCO Receives $10 Million for USS Bonhomme Richard Post-Fire Cleanup Efforts

General Dynamics NASSCO is awarded a $10,0 million contract modification for USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) emergency firefighting support, dewatering, safety and initial clean-up efforts.

Fiscal 2020 operations and maintenance (Navy) funds in the amount of $7.7 million was obligated at time of award and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  The Navy’s Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Southwest Regional Maintenance Center (SWRMC) in San Diego, California, is the contracting activity.

The contract work will be performed in San Diego, California, and is expected to be completed by November 2020.

The massive four-day fire which broke abroad the Navy’s Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) on July 12 caused extensive damages to the billion dollar vessel. The vessel was undergoing pier-side maintenance at Naval Base San Diego when the incident occurred.

USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) Fire
A fire raging on board the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) at Naval Base San Diego, July 12. (USN Photo by MC2 Austin Haist)

Rear Admiral Philip E. Sobeck, Commander of Expeditionary Strike Group THREE (ESG-3), said in a press conference last week that all known fires have been extinguished abroad the vessel. He said that the Navy is yet to ascertain the origin of the fire and the extent of the damage.

In total, 63 personnel, including 40 U.S. Navy Sailors and 23 civilians, were treated for minor injuries including heat exhaustion and smoke inhalation in the incident.

CNO on USS Bonhomme Richard
SAN DIEGO (July 17, 2020) Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday, right, walks through the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). (USN photo by MC2 Kyle Carlstrom)

GD NASSCO (National Steel and Shipbuilding Co.) was also the lead contractor for the pier-side maintenance of Bonhomme Richard when the fire broke out.  The vessel was moved to the pier after the phased maintenance availability works conducted at the nearby NASSCO facility.

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