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Lawmaker: Navy will repair fire-damaged sub

Mar. 25, 2013 - 07:32PM   |  
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KITTERY, Maine — U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter says the Navy has decided it will repair the submarine Miami, which sustained $450 million in damage last year in a fire started by a worker at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.

Shea-Porter was at the shipyard Monday to show her support for workers who could be facing furlough days this year due to federal budget cuts. But the Portsmouth Herald reports that she also brought some positive news regarding the Miami.

Earlier this month, officials said the Navy’s commitment to repairing the nuclear submarine was wavering under the realities of mandatory budget cuts, but Shea-Porter said $150 million in funding was approved last week for the repairs.

James Fury, who set the fire last May, has been sentenced to 17 years in prison.

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