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USS Plunger (SSN 595)

- decommissioned -

One of the PERMIT - class nuclear-powered attack submarines, the USS PLUNGER was the third ship in the Navy to bear the name. Originally authorized as an SSGN, the PLUNGER was laid down as an SSN. Both decommissioned and stricken from the Navy list on February 2, 1990, the USS PLUNGER entered the Navy's Nuclear Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Wash., on January 5, 1995. Recycling was completed on March 8, 1996.

General Characteristics:Awarded: March 23, 1959
Keel laid: March 2, 1960
Launched: December 9, 1961
Commissioned: November 21, 1962
Decommissioned: February 2, 1990
Builder: Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, Calif.
Propulsion system: one S5W2 nuclear reactor
Propellers: one
Length: 278.5 feet (84.9 meters)
Beam: 32.15 feet (9.8 meters)
Draft: 28.9 feet (8.8 meters)
Displacement: Surfaced: approx. 3,600 tons     Submerged: approx. 4,300 tons
Speed: Surfaced: approx. 20 knots     Submerged: approx. 30 knots
Armament: four 533 mm torpedo tubes for SUBROC, Mk-48 torpedoes, Harpoon and Tomahawk missiles
Crew: 12 Officers, 91 Enlisted


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Crew List:

This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS PLUNGER. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.


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