A ship undergoing a depot-level availability—as was the Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) in July 2020—is vulnerable to fire and flooding because watertight integrity and fire boundaries are compromised, the ship easily becomes dirty, and firefighting and damage control equipment are shut down. These hazards can be mitigated only by the vigilance and actions of the crew.
As an institution that claims to make Marines and return quality citizens, the Marine Corps must reimagine how it conveys citizenship and rekindle the vigor of its American duty.