The USS Thresher was lost with all-hands on April 10, 1963 – 60 years ago – the first nuclear submarine to be lost at sea. While a tragedy in so many respects the sinking gave rise to the rigorous submarine safety program known as SUBSAFE. The program has become a model for safety programs worldwide.
The cause of the sinking has never been established to the satisfaction of all. The ship was doing initial post-overhaul deep-dive trials in contact with a submarine rescue ship, USS SKYLARK, on the surface. As she neared her test depth, she reported some minor problems and then all communications were lost. Search and rescue vessels at the time were unable to locate the lost submarine. Thresher was found more than a year later, 8,400 below the surface.
Our program on April 13 will feature Captain Chris Bohner, Commander of Submarine Base Kings Bay and career submariner, discussing the history of Thresher, her loss, and, most important, the resulting SUBSAFE program. SUBSAFE now encompasses every aspect of a vessel’s design, materials, fabrication, testing, training and certification. It was the safety standard used when analyzing the loss of the Space Shuttles Challenger and Columbia.
Please join us for a very informative program. Register through our web site at KingsBayNavyLeague.org or contact Jeannie Straight at email@example.com. Advanced registration is required; the cost is $30.00 payable on-line or at the door.
You and your spouse are welcome - even if you aren't a Navy League member (although we will try to convince you to join). Reservation are required: use our web site at https://www.kingsbaynavyleague.org/
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The menu will consist of:
Entree Choice of:
Glazed Bourbon Chicken Breast
Roasted Fingerling Potatoes and Seasonal Vegetables
Coffee, tea, soft drinks
Registration and advance payment of $30 is due by April 7th. Credit Card payments should be processed by clicking Register Now and follow the prompts, send checks or present checks when checking into the event in person, in the proper amount, made payable to “Camden – Kings Bay Navy League”, along with the names of those in your group to:
1002 Brown Thrasher Point
St. Marys, GA 31558