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Shea-Porter resolution passes to observe anniversary of USS Thresher’s sinking

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The House Armed Services Committee passed on Thursday a resolution authored by U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, D-N.H., to recognize the 51st anniversary of the sinking of the USS Thresher.

“We must honor the legacy of those who lost their lives on the USS Thresher, and continue to recognize the excellent work that the men and women of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard do to help keep our nation safe,” Shea-Porter said.

On April 10, 1963, the USS Thresher, which was based at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, sank roughly 200 miles off the coast of Cape Cod. All 16 officers, 96 sailors and 17 civilians perished aboard the nuclear submarine.

In response to the loss of the USS Thresher, the Navy instituted new regulations to ensure the health of submariners and the safety of submarines. Those regulations led to the establishment of the Submarine Safety and Quality Assurance program (SUBSAFE). Since the establishment of SUBSAFE, no SUBSAFE-certified submarine has been lost at sea.

Shea-Porter’s resolution states that the House of Representatives “recognizes the 51st anniversary of the sinking of USS Thresher; remembers with profound sorrow the loss of USS Thresher and her gallant crew of sailors and civilians on April 10, 1963; and expresses its deepest gratitude to all submariners on ‘eternal patrol’, who are forever bound together by dedicated and honorable service to the United States of America.”

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