PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Navy says it spent more than $71 million on cleanup, planning and initial repairs on the fire-damaged USS Miami before plans to return the submarine to service were scuttled.
The Navy intended to repair the submarine at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine, before the discovery of additional cracks that drove up repair costs. The Navy announced last month that it was inactivating the submarine because of the higher repair estimates coupled with mandated budget cuts.READ MORE: 'Unfortunate that it came to this,' Brookline school teachers go on strike
The Navy said the $71 million figure consisted mostly of damage assessment, planning, repair materials and some initial repair efforts, along with $7 million for cleanup.READ MORE: More hot weather ahead: Boston area could hit 90+ on Saturday
Defense analyst Loren Thompson from the Lexington Institute said the wasted taxpayer dollars shows what happens when unpredictable budget pressures force the military services to change plans.MORE NEWS: Massachusetts gas prices up 21 cents in a week, now at record high $4.60 a gallon
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