USS THRESHER SSN 593
Arlington Natl. Cemetery Memorial
On April 10, 1963, USS Thresher was conducting sea trials after undergoing a major maintenance period at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine. During those trials, Thresher suffered an emergency from which the crew could not recover. This tragedy took the lives of 108 of the ship’s force, four observing Navy officers, and 17 civilians.
In response to Thresher’s loss, the Navy established a Submarine Safety and Quality Assurance (SUBSAFE) program that is charged with providing the maximum reasonable assurance that our Navy and our Nation will never have to endure such a loss. To date, no SUBSAFE certified US Navy submarine has been lost while defending our Nation.
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