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From Commander, U.S. Third Fleet Public Affairs Office, a statement about the USS Bonhomme Richard criminal investigation attributable to Cmdr. Sean Robertson, U.S. 3rd Fleet spokesperson.
"On July 29, charges under the Uniform Code of Military Justice were brought forth against a Navy Sailor in response to evidence found during the criminal investigation into the fire started on USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) on July 12, 2020. Evidence collected during the investigation is sufficient to direct a preliminary hearing in accordance with due process under the military justice system. The Sailor was a member of Bonhomme Richard’s crew at the time and is accused of starting the fire.
"Vice Adm. Steve Koehler, Commander, U.S. Third Fleet is considering court-martial charges and has directed a preliminary hearing at which an impartial hearing officer will make determinations and recommendations required by the UCMJ prior to any further trial proceedings – including whether or not there is probable cause to believe an offense has been committed and to offer a recommendation as to the disposition of the case.
"Contact the Navy Office of Information (CHINFO) for information about the separate and ongoing command investigation into the facts and circumstances surrounding the fire aboard the former USS Bonhomme Richard."
For further information contact, Cmdr. Sean Robertson, APR+M, U.S. Third Fleet Public Affairs Officer at 619-524-9868 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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