The Navy has issued a letter of censure to the previous commander of its U.S. Pacific Fleet, alleging management failures stemming from the hearth that destroyed the USS Bonhomme Richard in San Diego, it was introduced Friday.
Together with the letter to retired Vice Adm. Richard Brown, who was commander of Naval Floor Power, U.S. Pacific Fleet on the time of the July 12, 2020, fireplace, the Navy says it has issued 27 “particular person disposition selections” relating to fireplace prevention, readiness and response efforts aboard the ship.
The letter of censure from Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro states, “Commanders are chargeable for the right execution of duties and efficiency of their subordinates. You did not determine and mitigate in opposition to the shortage of oversight that contributed to the lack of the ship. Accordingly, you’re hereby censured for failing to successfully guarantee applicable ranges of coaching and readiness in items below your command.”
In a separate assertion despatched to the Division of the Navy final month, Del Toro stated, “When leaders’ actions or inactions end result within the lack of life or capital sources, the senior management of the Division of the Navy has a duty to find out the foundation trigger and maintain these accountable. This hearth may have been prevented with satisfactory oversight into the ship’s materials situation and the crew’s readiness to fight a fireplace.”
Relating to the censure, Brown informed USNI Information, “I’m extraordinarily disenchanted that the Navy, to which I devoted and devoted 35 years of service, has deserted me for political expediency. Each officer, commander and chief ought to now be on discover.”
Other than Brown, the Navy stated its disposition selections embrace punitive letters of reprimand and forfeitures of pay for different officers, in addition to a spread of different punishments handed down in reference to the blaze.
These punishments don’t embrace the continued prison proceedings in opposition to Ryan Sawyer Mays, the sailor charged with arson for allegedly deliberately setting fireplace to the warship.
Navy prosecutors have alleged that Mays was disgruntled with the Navy after dropping out of the SEAL coaching program and had been seen getting into the ship’s “Decrease V” space — the place investigators say the hearth originated — simply previous to the blaze breaking out.
Mays is scheduled for a court docket martial later this 12 months.
Metropolis Information Service contributed to this text.