The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded a $10 million to General Dynamics NASSCO for the clean-up and dewatering of the USS Bonhomme Richard, which caught fire at the shipyard earlier this month.
The $10 million cost-plus-fixed-fee modification contract will cover emergency firefighting support, dewatering, safety and initial clean-up efforts.
The USS Bonhomme Richard, a Wasp-class amphibious assault ship, suffered a devastating fire on July 12 while undergoing maintenance at NASSCO. The fire started in a lower deck before spreading to upper decks and the vessel’s control tower. Several fire fighters and U.S. Navy sailors suffered minor injuries battling the fire.
The exact cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Work will be performed at the NASSCO shipyard in San Diego, California, and is expected to be completed by November 2020.
I think it will be interesting to see how the investigation goes. With cleanup to be completed by November, I’m not sure how thorough of a job they can do, but I’m no expert in these kinds of investigations.