WASHINGTON -- As part of USS Bonhomme Richard’s (LHD 6) on-going inactivation availability, contractors will start the process of removing the ship’s island, Feb. 23. Removal of the island will improve the ship’s structural integrity and readiness for tow. The removal process will reduce the island's height down to just above the ship's flight deck. The salvage contractor, SMIT AMERICAS will conduct the work under an existing contract with the Navy.
The final timeline for towing and dismantlement is still being determined.
All investigations associated with the fire onboard USS Bonhomme Richard remain ongoing.
The Bonhomme Richard is assigned to the Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet.