GROTON, Conn. (AP) - The U.S. Navy's top officer says a fire-damaged submarine is expected to return to service by the middle of 2015.
Navy Adm. Jonathan Greenert says the work on the USS Miami will involve cabling, piping and repairs to other internal components. He says major replacements to the hull plating do not appear necessary.
Greenert is the chief of Naval operations. He said Wednesday on a visit to Groton, Conn., that the Navy estimates the repairs will cost about $450 million. That is within $50 million of the original estimate.
The nuclear-powered attack submarine was damaged in a fire May 23 while undergoing an overhaul at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Maine.
Greenert said the repair will be carried out at the Kittery, Maine, shipyard with help from private contractors.
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