USS Thresher (SSN-593) - Miscellaneous Views



USS Thresher featured an innovative design, capable of extended underwater operations, high submerged speed and extremely quiet operation. A large sonar occupied her bow, so the four torpedo tubes were moved further aft in the hull and angled outboard. She had a small "sail" atop her streamlined hull to carry the forward diving planes, provide a surface conning station and give internal space for periscopes and other retractable projections. At the submarine's stern, a single multi-bladed screw was located just aft of the rudder and after planes.

Thresher was laid down at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard on 28 May 1958. She was launched bow first on 9 July 1960, ran sea trials in the spring of 1961 and went into commission on 3 August 1961. As her crew assembled in 1960, they designed and adopted an insignia for their new "boat", one that featured the Thresher shark and symbols of her operational capabilities.

This page features miscellaneous images related to USS Thresher, including artworks, insignia and construction views.

Additional images of USS Thresher



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Photo #: NH 97543

USS Thresher (SSN-593)


Artwork by Hultberg, circa 1960, depicting the submarine's anticipated appearance when completed. It shows two torpedoes being fired from Thresher's midships torpedo tubes.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the NHHC

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Photo #: NH 97553

USS Thresher (SSN-593)


Bow view of the submarine on the greased building ways, as workmen prepare for her launching at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, Maine, 9 July 1960.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the NHHC

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Photo #: NH 97554

USS Thresher (SSN-593)


Mrs. Frederick B. Warder christens the submarine, during launching ceremonies at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, Maine, 9 July 1960.
Others present are (from left to right): Mrs. C. Pattisen, Lieutenant Dale E. Deverspicke (Chaplains' Corps), and Captain Henry P. Rumble.
Note that the christening took place at Thresher's stern.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the NHHC

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Photo #: NH 97552

USS Thresher (SSN-593)


Entering the water for the first time, during launching ceremonies at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, Maine, 9 July 1960.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the NHHC

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Photo #: NH 91424-KN (Color)

Insignia: USS Thresher (SSN-593)

Emblem adopted in 1960 and received in October of that year.
It was accompanied with this description: "The fish depicted in the subject insignia is a THRESHER shark, which is characterized by a tail that is approximately one-half of its total length. The THRESHER shark reportedly attacks its prey by flailing the long tail. The horizontal lines signify the deep diving capability of THRESHER. The circles represent her sonar capability. The motto, 'Vis Tacita', describes the overall characteristics of the ship, 'Silent strength'."

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

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