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Navy to Decommission Fire Damaged USS Miami Today

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USS Miami (SSN 755) enters dry dock to begin an engineered overhaul at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Maine. US Navy Photo

USS Miami (SSN-755) enters dry dock to begin an engineered overhaul at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Maine. US Navy Photo

The Navy will hold a formal decommissioning ceremony for USS Miami (SSN-755), the Los Angeles-class attack boat (SSN-688) that was damaged by arson in 2012.

Several former commanding officers and crew will attend today’s ceremony at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine.

Originally commissioned in 1990, Miami had entered the Portsmouth yard to undergo a major overhaul in 2012.

While at the yard in May, Casey James Fury, 26, set a fire in a space that quickly spread through out the boat.

Fury was convicted of arson and is currently serving a 17 year prison sentence and required to pay the service $400 million — though prosecutors said it is unlikely he will ever make good.

The Navy initially said it would repair Miami but later said it was more cost effective to decommission the more than 20 year-old attack boat when cost estimates rose to $700 million.

“Miami is currently undergoing an inactivation process the Navy announced last fall. Her crew of 111 officers and enlisted personnel will all be reassigned to other units by December,” according to a statement from the service.

Miami will eventually have its fuel removed and be towed to Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Wash. where it will be cut up for scrap.

  • John

    A wise decision.

  • dennis

    He should have got a firing squad.

  • NavySubNuke

    Sad. I think they made the right choice in de-comming her but at the same time it is sad to see a ship go out like that. Hopefully the design folks at EB and Newport News are using it as a learning experience to see how fire actually spreads aboard the boat and what the effects are. This is one of the rare cases where they have actual data for a casualty like this – although I am sure the shipyard status somewhat altered the condition of the ship.