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Navy to repair sub that caught fire in Maine

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PORTLAND, ME (AP) -

The Navy says a nuclear-powered attack submarine severely damaged by a fire at a naval shipyard in Portsmouth, Maine, is going to be repaired.

Navy spokeswoman Lt. Courtney Hillson told The Associated Press on Friday engineering assessments are ongoing but the Navy has made the decision to repair the USS Miami, which is based in Groton (GRAH'-tuhn), Conn.

A former shipyard worker from Portsmouth, N.H., is charged with setting the fire while the sub was in dry dock May 23.

There had been lingering questions over whether it would make financial sense to repair the 22-year-old submarine. Early estimates put the damage at $400 million.

The fire caused heavy damage to forward compartments but didn't reach the back of the submarine, where the nuclear propulsion components are located.

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