Thursday, May 23, 2013
It will cost about $400 million to repair damage to the USS Miami, an attack submarine that caught fire while at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery on May 23, Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, said.
Smoke rises from a dry dock as fire crews respond Wednesday, May 23, 2012 to a fire on the USS Miami SSN 755 submarine at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard on an island in Kittery. Associated Press photo
Pingree said $400 million – nearly half of the $900 million it cost to build the Miami – is a preliminary estimate from Navy officials. She toured the sub yesterday.
Navy officials have said they want to repair the Miami and keep it in service because the size of the fleet has been decreasing.
Navy officials have not yet said what caused the fire, which burned for hours and required help from a score of local fire companies to extinguish. The fire damaged the sub's control room, the torpedo room and crew quarters in the front of the ship. The sub was in Kittery for what was scheduled to be a 20-month overhaul.
The Miami's nuclear reactor, which is toward the stern of the ship, was not affected by the fire and some of the crew remained aboard the sub to monitor it while others fought the fire.
No one was seriously injured in the fire, although a half-dozen firefighters had to be treated for minor injuries.