The U.S. Navy has officially committed to repairing the USS Miami at Kittery-Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, a restoration expected to cost approximately $450 million.
According to a release from U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe, the Naval Sea Systems Command plans to restore the Los Angeles-class nuclear-powered submarine, which had been stationed at Kittery for a 20-month overhaul when it was extensively damaged in a May 23 fire. The fire was set by a civilian shipyard employee who admitted his guilt in a federal court hearing held in July. The repairs are expected to be completed by April 2015.
According to the Bangor Daily News, U.S. Sen. Susan Collins is advocating for $150 million to be included in the fiscal year 2013 defense budget to start the repair work. Portsmouth Naval Shipyard will be aided by the Virginia-based Huntington Ingalls Industries and Connecticut-based Electric Boat — like Bath Iron Works, a subsidiary of General Dynamics Corp. — during the repair effort, the BDN reported.
Collins is a member of two committees that can influence funding for the USS Miami repair work: the Armed Services Committee, including its seapower subcommittee, as well as the Appropriations Committee.