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Sailor Investigated for Arson After Burning of Navy Warship

Kathmandu, August 27:

It took four days to extinguish the July fire on the U.S.S. Bonhomme Richard, which rendered the ship inoperative.

The U.S.S. Bonhomme Richard burned at Naval Base San Diego in July.
The U.S.S. Bonhomme Richard burned at Naval Base San Diego in July.Credit…Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

A sailor is being investigated for arson in the fire that engulfed the warship U.S.S. Bonhomme Richard in July, according to a senior Navy official who did not want to speak publicly during the inquiry.

The Naval Criminal Investigative Service and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have focused their investigation on one sailor from that ship, the official said. No motive has been identified and no one has been charged, the official said.

Eric Schmitt is a senior writer who has traveled the world covering terrorism and national security. He was also the Pentagon correspondent. A member of the Times staff since 1983, he has shared three Pulitzer Prizes. @EricSchmittNYT

John Ismay is a staff writer who covers armed conflict for The New York Times Magazine. He is based in Washington and is a former Navy explosive ordnance disposal officer. @johnismay.

source– Nytimes


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