US Navy sunk US$71 million on submarine fix just to abandon ship 美海軍砸七點一億美元修潛艦後報廢

Tue, Oct 15, 2013 - Page 11

The US Navy spent about US$71 million on cleanup, planning and initial repairs on the fire-damaged USS Miami before scuttling plans to restore the nuclear-powered submarine.

The Navy intended to repair the attack submarine, damaged last year, at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and return it to duty before the discovery of additional cracks in pipes drove the estimated repair costs up from US$450 million to US$700 million.

The Navy announced last month it was scrapping plans to repair the Miami because of the higher estimates coupled with mandated budget cuts.

Loren Thompson, defense analyst at the Lexington Institute, said the waste of taxpayer dollars underscores the challenges facing the Navy as it shifts priorities to meet reduced funding.

The Miami was severely damaged by a fire set by a shipyard worker in May 2012 while it was in dry dock during a 20-month overhaul at the Kittery, Maine shipyard.

The submarine remains will be towed to Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Washington State, where it will eventually be cut up for scrap. Inactivation costs are estimated to be US$54 million, the Navy said.

(Liberty Times)

美國海軍在失火受損的「邁阿密號」潛艦上花了約七點一億美元用於清理、規劃和初步修復,然後又放棄修復這艘核動力潛艦。

海軍原本打算在樸茨茅斯海軍船廠修復這艘去年受損的攻擊潛艦重新服役,後來發現管線有其他裂縫,使得預估修復費用從四點五億美元暴增為七億美元。

海軍上個月宣布,由於高漲的預估費用加上強制性預算削減,取消修理邁阿密號的計畫。

萊辛頓研究中心防衛分析家羅倫.湯普森說,這種浪費納稅人錢之舉,凸顯海軍為因應經費遭削減而改變優先要務之際所面臨的挑戰。

邁阿密號去年在緬因州奇特里船廠乾船塢進行為期二十個月的翻修時,在五月間遭一名船廠工人縱火而嚴重受損。

這艘潛艦將被拖到華盛頓州普吉灣海軍船廠拆解報廢。海軍說,報廢處理費用估計要五點四億美元。

(自由時報/翻譯:管淑平)