Navy decides not to repair nuclear submarine

Posted Wednesday, August 7, 2013 in News

Navy decides not to repair nuclear submarine

PORTSMOUTH -- The U.S.S. Miami, a nuclear submarine that was damaged by an arson fire in 2012, will not be repaired, according to the Navy.

The sub was expected to be repaired at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, but the costs had escalated while the federal budget cuts were larger than expected.

The Navy estimated it would take an additional $390 million in Fiscal Year 2014 to repair the Miami, a nuclear-powered submarine severely damaged by an arsonist at the Maine shipyard in 2012. As a result, the submarine will be permanently removed from service and the repair money diverted elsewhere.

"The decision to inactivate Miami is a difficult one, taken after hard analysis and not made lightly," Rear Adm. Rick Breckenridge, director of Undersea Warfare with the Navy, said in a statement Tuesday evening.

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree issued the following statement on the decision not to repair the ship:

"I am deeply disappointed by the decision not to repair the Miami.  I had a long conversation with Admiral Hilarides this afternoon and he made it very clear that both the deep budget cuts and the uncertainty caused by the sequester had a significant impact on that decision.  It is shameful that this ill-conceived law has contributed to the loss of work at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.  I know the men and women at the yard in Kittery would have not only repaired the Miami but made it better than it was before the fire. They deserved the chance to do that work and the Navy needed that ship. It's outrageous that that the yard won't get the chance to put the Miami back in service because of sequestration."

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