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USS PLUNGER (SSN-595) - a Thresher/Permit-class submarine

In Commission 1962 to 1990

SSN-595 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
MAR 1960 - Keel Date: 2 MAR 1960
at Mare Island Naval Shipyard Vallejo CA
DEC 1961 - Launch Date: 9 DEC 1961
NOV 1962 - Commissioned: 21 NOV 1962
SEP 1965 - MAR 1966 West Pac
OCT 1968 - MAR 1969 West Pac
AUG 1970 - DEC 1970 West Pac-Viet Nam
SEP 1973 - MAY 1974 West Pac
DEC 1973 - DEC 1973 CDR Al Wilderman (CO) was lost at sea
DEC 1973 - DEC 1973 Sea Trials
NOV 1974 - Shellback Initiation - 5 NOV 1974 - Indian Ocean
AUG 1976 - JAN 1977 West Pac
MAR 1978 - OCT 1978 West Pac
AUG 1979 - NOV 1979 West Pac
JAN 1982 - JAN 1983 Dry Dock
JAN 1984 - JUL 1984 West Pac
OCT 1986 - NOV 1986 Sea Trials
FEB 1990 - Decommissioned: 2 FEB 1990

SSN-595 General Specifications

Class: Thresher/Permit-class submarine

Complement: 100 Officers and Enlisted

Displacement: 3540 tons

Length: 295 feet

Beam: 31 feet 8 inches

Flank Speed: 20 knots


Plunger, 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. Thresher)

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 1970.

[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]