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US Navy won’t repair fire-damaged warship, saying it would cost billions

By ET News

A U.S. Navy warship that was engulfed by a fire in July while docked in San Diego will be decommissioned instead of rebuilt, the Pentagon said Monday, deciding to forgo a repair project that could have surpassed $3 billion.

The ship, the USS Bonhomme Richard, will be dismantled and some of its spare parts will be used in other naval vessels, officials said.

The Navy said it would have taken five to seven years to complete the repairs to the Bonhomme Richard, which is one of eight Wasp-class amphibious assault ships and can carry more than 1,000 sailors.

Even the cost of rebuilding the ship for another purpose could have exceeded $1 billion, according to the Navy. That’s more than the ship’s cost when it was built in the 1990s, which has been estimated at $761 million by the Federation of American Scientists.

Navy officials characterized the decommissioning of a ship because of damage as rare.

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