USS PLUNGER (SSN-595)
the first submarine torpedo boat to be built for the Navy,
was authorized by Congress 3 March 1893; a contract for her construction was
awarded to Holland Torpedo Boat Co. 13 March 1895. However, the boat and the
contract were cancelled in April 1900.
(SSN-595: dp. 3,700
(surf.), 4,300 (subm.); l. 278'6; b. 31'8; s. 20+ k.; cpl. 100; a. 4 tt.; cl.
The third Plunger (SSN-595) was authorized as an SSGN but was laid down as an
SSN 2 March 1960 at Mare Island Shipyard, Vallejo, Calif.; launched 9 December
1961; sponsored by Mrs. Clinton P. Anderson; and commissioned at Mare Island 21
November 1962, Comdr. William M. Adams in command.
Following a trip to Puget Sound 27
November to test torpedo tubes and sound gear, Plunger departed Mare Island 5 January 1963 for shakedown to Pearl
Harbor. Plunger next was homeported
at Mare Island and operated to test the performance of sonar and the fire
control system. In April she changed homeport to Pearl Harbor, where she became
flagship of ComSubDiv 71, 1 April.
Continuing in a testing capacity, Plunger evaluated the most advanced
class of nuclear attack subs. Operating off the U.S. west coast during the
spring and summer, she proceeded to Wake Island 15 September 1964 for SubRon
Operational Evaluation missile firing.
At Pearl Harbor again in January 1965, Plunger was selected to demonstrate the
capability of the Navy's latest ASW weapon system to Dr. Donald Hornig, Special
Assistant to the President for Science and Technology. At Wake Island in May, Plunger participated in C/S-17, the
SubRon Operational Training Test. In September she prepared for WestPac
deployment, which continued into mid-1966. During this deployment, Plunger conducted evaluation exercises
of AN/SQS-36 sonar and traveled as far east as Okinawa and Subic Bay. She also
conducted ASW exercises and executed oceanographic and port surveys.
At Pearl Harbor with SubRon 7 in 1967, Plunger operated to improve the ASW readiness of the Pacific fleet;
from 6 to 22 March, she participated in ASW exercises and later continued in
advanced type-training work. During inport periods at Pearl Harbor Plunger provided services to Fleet
Training Program Pearl Harbor. Homeporting at Puget Sound the last 6 months of
1967, Plunger returned to Pearl
Harbor 1 February 1968 and continues operations with the Pacific Fleet into
[Note: The above USS PLUNGER (SSN-595) history may, or may not, contain text provided by crew members of the USS PLUNGER (SSN-595), or by other non-crew members, and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]