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.

Design and approval phases completed in 3rd quarter 2018.   

Dedication ceremonies 26th of September 2019 - See Wreath Laying below

Thresher Documentary and Memorial Videos:  

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The Arlington National Cemetery


Points of Contact

Thresher Memorial Project

Kevin Galenz: mailto:    Phone 603-210-5002

Stephen Hallquist:  mailto: Phone: 860-908-8283

Sam Stevens: (Webmaster - Hampton Roads Base) mailto:

Timeline of "Thresher Memorial"

Proposal Activities

View ANC - Thresher Monument Dedication Ceremony Video:  HERE 

Hampton Roads Base ~ USSVI 

Norfolk, VA  2019 (SES)  ©


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