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February 27, 2013

Remembering the Thresher

Ceremony to mark 50th anniversary of submarine disaster


Following the discoveries, the Navy undertook a massive effort, known as “Subsafe,” to correct design and construction problems in its existing and future nuclear subs that it believed led to the Thresher tragedy. Since the implementation of Subsafe, the Navy and nation has endured no further losses like those of the Thresher.

Laid down in May 1958 and launched July 9, 1960, at 3,700 tons, the Thresher was 279 feet long, 32 feet wide and had a draft of 26 feet, receiving her Naval commission as a cutting-edge naval vessel in August 1961.

In the midst of the Cold War, carrying the label of “submarine killer,” Thresher was the first of her kind, the nuclear-powered marvel of her day.




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