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Probably not worth it then.From a few of the photos I've seen, everything above the hangar deck will have to be replaced. Probably looking at a cost in excess of 50% of a new build when it all gets evaluated.
Same was said about USS Cole and USS Stark.Probably not worth it then.
In my days, about half of all fire incidents in our shipping companies happened during major repairs in the yards. Besides the vulnerabilities described earlier, there is shore personnel around whose training and awareness might be not very good. Yard engineers can take decisions disregarding the safety measures. Ship's crews get relaxed sometimes as well.
Since she was in the yard undergoing retrofit, probably 90% of the watertight doors were not able to be closed, and undoubtedly there were large openings in bulkhead and decks that had not been replaced yet.
Don’t forget that in those war years, the shipyards were being run 24/7/365 with all the manpower that was needed.If there is a clean line (e.g. everything from waterline up) then a new half could be built on the old hull (waterline down) giving us a "Bon Homme Richard With Improvements". However, since our Congress, our Shipbuilders, and our Navy Brass would all be involved in the operation, maybe this wouldn't work out well. How ever did we do things in WWII? We commissioned a new destroyer each week from Sept 1939 to Sept 1945. 10 battleships commissioned between 1941 and 1944. Granted we have computers and electronics in everything everywhere shipboard running up component cost and complexity, but, we also have them in ship design and construction tools!
And mass production new build is more organized, streamlined, and efficient than repair/renovation. Ask any builder, whether of houses, aircraft, or ships.Don’t forget that in those war years, the shipyards were being run 24/7/365 with all the manpower that was needed.