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Plunger (SSN-595)
Keel Laying - Construction / Launching & Commissioning

Radio Call Sign: November - Alpha - Kilo - Victor

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Thresher Class Attack Submarine: Laid down, 2 March 1960, at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, CA.; Launched, 9 December 1961; Commissioned, USS Plunger (SSN-595), 21 November 1962; Decommissioned, 3 January 1990; Struck from the Naval Register, 2 February 1990; Laid up at Bremerton Naval Shipyard; Final Disposition, entered the NPSSRP (Nuclear Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program) at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA., 5 January 1995 and completed 8 March 1996.

Specifications: Displacement, Surfaced: 3,540 t., Submerged: 4,200 t.; Length 278' 5"; Beam 31' 8"; ; Speed, Surfaced 15 kts, Submerged 28+ kts; Operating Depth 400'; Complement, 143; Sensors, Raytheon BQS-6A or -6B active/passive systems BQQ-1 and the Edo BQR-7 passive, conformal array, TB-26 Towed Sonar Array; Armament, four 21" torpedo tubes, forward, MK 48 torpedoes, UUM-44A SUBROC, UGM-84A/C Harpoon, MK 57 deep water mines, Mk 60 CAPTOR mines; Propulsion System, one S5W nuclear reactor, two Westinghouse steam turbines, one propeller 15,000 shp.
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Thresher50kPlatform plan of Thresher (SSN-593) class submarines. PDF courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Submarine Silhouettes 1960179kSubmarine Silhouettes of 1960:
Nautilus (SSN-571), Seawolf (SSN-575), Skate (SSN-578), Skipjack (SS-585), Triton (SSRN-586), Halibut (SSGN-587), Thresher (SSN-593), Tullibee (SSN-597), George Washington (SSBN-598), & Ethan Allen (SSBN-608) classes.
U.S. Navy Photograph submitted by Ron Titus, courtesy of Ingersoll-Rand. Corp.
Nuclear Submarine Profiles187kNuclear Submarine Profiles 1960:
Nautilus (SSN-571),
Seawolf (SSN-575),
Triton (SSRN-586),
Skate (SSN-578) & Skipjack (SS-585) classes,
Halibut (SSGN-587) & Tullibee (SSN-597) classes,
George Washington (SSBN-598) &
Thresher (SSN-593) classes.
US Navy photo courtesy of Ron Titus courtesy of Ingersoll-Rand. Corp. Photo i.d. courtesy of Dave Johnston.
Plunger 791k This picture appeared in the commissioning program of the Plunger (SSN-595). The photo's caption reads; "Shipyard Commander RADM L. V. Honsinger (right) officially lays Plunger's keel as previous Plunger (SS-179) Commanding Officer's Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz (center) and RADM G. L. Russell (left, Commandant, 12th Naval District) look on. Plunger was the 500th ship constructed at the shipyard. U.S. Navy photo # 47250-3-60 courtesy of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum via Darryl L. Baker.
Scamp 201k This photo shows the christening of the Scamp (SSN-588) at Mare Island Naval Shipyard on 8 October 1960. The first hull section of Plunger (SSN-595) can be seen on the building ways to the left on the Scamp. U.S. Navy photo # MSA 49204-10-60, contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
Scamp 300kStarboard side view of Scamp (SSN-588) ready for launching with speaker at the microphone at Mare Island on 8 October 1960. Keel of the Plunger (SSN-595) is to the left. U.S. Navy photo # NY9 49179-10-60, contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
Plunger 913k Section # 2 for Plunger (SSN-595) is shown being placed on the ways by YD-33 at Mare Island on 17 October 1960. U.S. Navy photo # 49239-10-60, contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
Plunger 810k Section # 3 for Plunger (SSN-595) is shown being placed on the ways by YD-33 at Mare Island on 20 October 1960. U.S. Navy photo # 49316-10-60, contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
Plunger 1.30k Sections #2 and #3 for Plunger (SSN-595) are shown mated together on the ways at Mare Island on 20 October 1960. U.S. Navy photo # 49316-10-60, contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
Plunger 170k Section #3 (aft bulkhead section) of the Plunger (SSN-595) is lifted onto the building ways on 20 October 1960 at Mare Island Naval Shipyard. The after sections of the ship were transported to the ways and put in place by the shipyard's 150 ton floating crane. USN photo # NY9-49317-10-60, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Plunger 1.20k Section # 1 for Plunger (SSN-595) is shown on the ways by at Mare Island on 26 October 1960. U.S. Navy photo # 49377-10-60, contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
Plunger 1.00k Section # 4 for Plunger (SSN-595) is shown on the ways by at Mare Island on 15 November 1960. U.S. Navy photo # 49629-11-60, contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
Plunger 856k Sections # 4 and # 5 for Plunger (SSN-595) are shown mated together on the ways at Mare Island on 17 November 1960. U.S. Navy photo # 49631-11-60, contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
Plunger 778k Sections # 6, # 7 & # 8 for Plunger (SSN-595) are shown being placed on the ways at Mare Island on 12 December 1960. U.S. Navy photo # 49865-12-60, contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
Plunger 1.10k Sections # 13 for Plunger (SSN-595) is shown arriving at the ways at Mare Island on 21 December 1960. U.S. Navy photo # 49886-12-60, contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
Plunger 1.00k Sections # 10 for Plunger (SSN-595) is shown being placed on the ways at Mare Island on 29 December 1960. U.S. Navy photo # 49935-12-60, contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
Plunger 1.20k Section # 14 for Plunger (SSN-595) arriving at the ways at Mare Island on 4 January 1961. U.S. Navy photo # 49995-1-61, contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
Plunger 206k Section # 14 of the Plunger (SSN-595) is shown on trailer used to transport the section from the southern hull fabrication area to the building ways on 5 Jan 1961 at Mare Island Naval Shipyard. USN photo # NY9-49997-1-61, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Plunger 973k Section # 11 for Plunger (SSN-595) is shown being ready for placement on the ways at Mare Island on 16 January 1961. U.S. Navy photo # 50108-1-61, contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
Plunger 1.20k Section # 15 for Plunger (SSN-595) is shown being placed on the ways at Mare Island on Mare Island on 19 January 1961. U.S. Navy photo # 50146-1-61, contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
Plunger 1.10k Section # 16 for Plunger (SSN-595) is shown being placed on the ways at Mare Island on Mare Island on 26 January 1961. U.S. Navy photo # 50258-1-61, contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
Plunger 1.50k Progress view looking toward the stern of Plunger (SSN-595) on the ways at Mare Island on 6 July 1961. YD-172 is in the background still in her old US Army BD-6068 paint job. USN photo # NY9-51960-7-61, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Plunger 1.50k Progress view looking toward the bow of Plunger (SSN-595) on the ways at Mare Island on 6 July 1961. USN photo # NY9-51961-7-61, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Plunger 1.10k Mrs. Clinton P. Anderson christens the Plunger (SSN-595) at Mare Island on 9 December 1961. Capt P. F. Straub is in the background. U.S. Navy photo # 53356-12-61 courtesy of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum via Darryl L. Baker.
Plunger 76k The crew of the Plunger (SSN-595) stand at attention around the boat's sail on the building ways at Mare Island Naval Shipyard just prior to launching on 9 December 1961. USN photo # NY9-53381-12-61 courtesy of Tracy White @ Researcher @ Large.
Plunger 127k Elevated bow view of the Plunger (SSN-595) on the building ways at Mare Island Naval Shipyard just prior to launching on 9 December 1961. USN photo # NY9-53337-12-61 courtesy of Tracy White @ Researcher @ Large.
Plunger 141k Elevated stern view of the Plunger (SSN-595) on the building ways at Mare Island Naval Shipyard just prior to launching on 9 December 1961. USN photo # NY9-53338-12-61 courtesy of Tracy White @ Researcher @ Large.
Plunger 122k The officers & crew of the Plunger (SSN-595) stand at attention as the boat is waterborne on 9 December 1961. USN photo # NY9-533359-12-61 courtesy of Tracy White @ Researcher @ Large.
Plunger 2.90k Plunger (SSN-595) at the end of the way at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, CA., 9 December 1961. U.S. Navy photo # 53362-12-61, courtesy of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum. Photo contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
Plunger 835k The Plunger (SSN-595) is in the middle of the Mare Island Channel after her launching at Mare Island. YTL 434 is in the background. U.S. Navy photo # 53364-12-61 courtesy of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum via Darryl L. Baker.
Plunger 1.60k The official and VIPs for the launching of the Plunger (SSN-595) at Mare Island on 9 December 1961. U.S. Navy photo # 53365-12-61, courtesy of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum. Photo contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
Plunger 104k A thrashing Plunger (SSN-595) is tethered pierside at her outfitting berth at Mare Island. USN photo # NY9-533359-12-61 courtesy of Tracy White @ Researcher @ Large.
Permit241kForward plan view of Permit (SSN-594) at her outfitting berth at Mare Island on 15 Jan 1962. The Plunger (SSN-595) is aft of Permit. U.S. Navy photo # 53561-1-62, contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
Plunger 173k Plunger (SSN-595) at sea 9/1962 during her trials after construction at Mare Island Naval Shipyard. The Plunger is noted as the 500th ship built by the shipyard. Note: Area above sail was touched-up to erase the ship's masts. This photo was used on the cover on her commissioning program. USN photo # 56803, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Plunger 1.10k Commissioning ceremonies for the Plunger (SSN-595) in Mare Island's dry dock #3 on 21 November 1962. U.S. Navy photo # 57040-11-62, courtesy of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum via Darryl L. Baker.
Plunger 751k RADM E. E. Yeoman (Commandant 12th Naval District) presents the log book of the past three Plungers to CDR Will Adams (Commanding Officer) during commissioning ceremonies of Plunger (SSN-595) at Mare Island. U.S. Navy photo # 57041-11-62, courtesy of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum via Darryl L. Baker.
Insert photo # 53193-11-61 TH added 04/18/13.
Plunger1.50kSix page PDF of the Plunger's (SSN-595) Commissioning Program, 21 November 1962. U.S. Navy photo contributed by Darryl L. Baker.

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