A fire burns aboard the nuclear-powered submarine USS Miami on May 23, 2012.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The Navy says it spent about $71 million on cleanup, planning and initial repairs on the fire-damaged USS Miami before scuttling plans to restore the nuclear-powered submarine.
The plan was to repair the submarine at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and return it to duty but then the Navy discovered additional cracks in pipes. That drove the estimated repair costs up from $450 million to $700 million.
The Navy announced last month it was scrapping plans to repair the Miami because of the higher estimates coupled with mandated budget cuts.
The $71 million expense consisted mostly of damage assessment, planning, repair materials and some initial repair efforts, along with $7 million for cleanup. The figure was provided at the request of The Associated Press.
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