Fifty Years after USS Thresher

On April 10, 1963, the Navy suffered a terrible disaster with the USS Thresher sinking. And today marks the fifty year anniversary of this naval nightmare:

Family and friends who lost loved ones when the USS Thresher sank 50 years ago joined in tossing wreaths into the water Saturday in an emotional service in remembrance of the 129 Navy crew members and civilian technicians who lost their lives in the deadliest submarine disaster in U.S. history.

Hundreds gathered for the memorial service at Portsmouth High School that concluded with a small group tossing three wreaths into the Piscataqua River. During the service, a bell tolled 129 times.

The USS Thresher is prepared for launching at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine.

The USS Thresher is prepared for launching at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine.

The event, along with the dedication of a flagpole Sunday in Kittery, Maine, aim to call attention to the tragedy 220 miles off Cape Cod, which became the impetus for submarine safety improvements.

Future tragedies are averted through learning from previous ones. . .