Saturday, May 18, 2013
The Associated Press
KITTERY — The United States Navy has awarded a $94 million contract for planning and material efforts for the repair of a submarine that was severely damaged by fire.
In this May 23, 2012 file photo, a fire burns on a nuclear submarine at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine. A civilian employee working as a painter and sandblaster aboard the submarine has been charged with setting a fire that caused $400 million in damages to the vessel in May, and a second fire near it in June, Navy investigators said in a complaint filed Monday, July 23, 2012. (AP Photo/WMUR, Jean Mackin, File)
The Naval Sea Systems Command said Friday it awarded the contract to a team led by General Dynamics Electric Boat to provide design and planning, repair material ordering, and pre-fabrication to restore the USS Miami. The contract includes an option worth $6 million more.
The submarine suffered $450 million in damage in the May fire. General Dynamics Electric Boat is based in Connecticut.
Former shipyard worker Casey James Fury of Portsmouth, who is accused of setting the fire, remains held without bail while awaiting trial in federal court in Portland. Fury told Navy investigators that he set the fire because he was feeling anxious and wanted to go home.