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Veterans sad to see USS Miami removed from service

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KITTERY, Maine (AP) -

Veterans who served aboard the USS Miami are disappointed that it's being removed from service, especially because the damage came at the hands of an arsonist.

Mystic, CT., resident David Padgett says it's "sickening" that the damage to the nuclear-powered submarine came from a U.S. citizen instead of an enemy or terrorist.

A shipyard worker set the sub afire in May 2012 so he could go home early from work.

With the Navy short of submarines, the Pentagon originally wanted to repair the 23-year-old Los Angeles-class attack submarine and send it back to sea for five more deployments. But the growing cost of repairs along with sequestration combined to scuttle the repairs. The announcement was made last week.

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