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USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6)

USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6), the third United States Navy ship of that name, was named in honor of John Paul Jones' famous frigate, which he had named the French language equivalent of "Poor Richard," in honor of Benjamin Franklin's almanac of that name.

Bonhomme Richard is a Wasp-class amphibious assault ship currently homeported in San Diego, California. The contract to build her was awarded to Ingalls Shipbuilding on December 11, 1992, and her keel was laid down on April 18, 1995. She was launched on March 14, 1997, delivered to the Navy on May 12, 1998, and commissioned on August 15, 1998.

General Characteristics

  • Length: 844 feet overall, 778 feet waterline
  • Beam: 110 feet extreme, 106 feet waterline
  • Draft: 27 feet navigational, 28 feet limit
  • Displacement: 27,565 tons light, 40,386 tons full, 12,821 tons dead
  • Propulsion: Geared steam turbines, two propellers
  • Accommodations: 73 officers, 1009 enlisted

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