The Bonhomme Richard was nearing the end of a two-year upgrade estimated to cost $250 million. On July 12, 2020, about 160 sailors and officers were on board when the flames sent up a huge plume of dark smoke from the 840-foot amphibious assault vessel, which had been docked at Naval Base San Diego while undergoing the upgrade.
The fire sent acrid smoke billowing over San Diego, and local officials had recommended people avoid exercising outdoors.
Firefighters attacked the flames inside the ship while firefighting vessels with water cannons directed streams of seawater into the ship and helicopters made water drops. More than 60 sailors and civilians were treated for minor injuries, heat exhaustion and smoke inhalation.
A device that shoots a high-velocity stream of water.
Water cannon can shoot a high-velocity stream of water shoot over dozens of meters, often used in firefighting, riot control, and mining.