Tuesday, August 13, 2013
In a move that surprised few, the Navy announced that USS Miami was headed for the scrap yard given the $500,000,000 to repair the vessel isn't likely to be found in this austere budget climate. Miami was destroyed where all submarines are most vulnerable: in port. A lonely shipyard worker who didn't want to finish his shift decided to set a fire and leave during the confusion. It got out of control pretty quickly because the submarine's crew and shipyard personnel never gave one single second of thought to fighting a fire in a submarine in which they could not set fire and smoke isolation boundaries. Some of the details and pictures are here.