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KITTERY, MAINE — The Navy said farewell Friday to the submarine Miami, whose service was cut short when a shipyard employee trying to get out of work set it on fire.
The somber deactivation ceremony at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard marked the end of the sub's nearly 24 years of active service.
Rear Adm. Ken Perry, commander of the submarine Group Two in Groton, Conn., where the sub was based, acknowledged the seriousness of the event, but told the crowd they were there to celebrate the submarine and its crew's achievements.