$400 million


— the minimal cost of repairing the attack submarine USS Miami following a fire that raged in her forward compartments for 10 hours last month. Fire crews from three states fought to save the vessel, docked at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine.

A vacuum cleaner is suspected of starting the fire. That’s the bad news. The good news?

“That number certainly could change, but I think it’s a workable figure,” says Rep. Chellie Pingree, the local lawmaker and member of the armed services committee. “I’m optimistic that this means the boat is repairable, that the work can be done at Kittery and the Navy will be able to come up with the money for the repair.”

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