USS Miami (SSN-755) left Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine on 12 June under tow by US Navy ocean-going tugs, Apache and Navaho bound for Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Washington state to be broken.
A fire, deliberately set three years ago by a shipyard worker who said he wanted to leave work early, so damaged the improved Los Angeles Class fast attack nuclear Submarine that after lengthy consideration the US Navy decided she would have to be scrapped.
The Navy had hoped to return Miami to the fleet until estimated repair costs hit $700 million. Before leaving on her final voyage, hydraulic fluids and oil have been drained, her main battery, spare parts and furnishings removed, electrical systems de-energized and temporary ventilation, lighting, power and compressed air systems installed.
In her relatively short life, Miami made over 12 deployments during which she fired cruise missiles into Iraq and Serbia earning her the nickname, “Big Gun”.