USS Thresher, Loss and Legacy

The USS Thresher was the world's most technologically advanced nuclear powered submarine of her day. She was designed to be our Nation’s silent guardian by hunting down and destroying Soviet Submarines. After commissioning, USS Thresher conducted lengthy trials in the western Atlantic and Caribbean areas in 1961 and 1962, providing a thorough evaluation of her many new technological features and weapons. On April 9, 1963, USS Thresher departed the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard never to return with 112 crew members and 17 technical observers for deep diving exercises in an area approximately 200 miles East of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. 
 
Come hear more about the boat, the crew, the history and legacy of USS Thresher from Kevin Galeaz. Kevin is a Hooksett resident and Cold War Submarine Veteran who serves as the Commander, Webmaster and USS Thresher Memorial Service Planning Committee Chairman for United States Submarine Veterans (USSVI) Thresher Base. Kevin also serves as the President of the USS Thresher Arlington National Cemetery Foundation. He is a lifetime member of the Naval Submarine League and an active member of the Portsmouth, NH Council of the Navy League of the United States.