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On the morning of April 10, 1963, the world's most advanced submarine was on a test dive off the New England coast when she sent a message to a support ship a thousand feet above her on the surface: experiencing minor problem . . . have positive angle . . . attempting to blow . . . Then came the sounds of air under pressure and a garbled message: . . . test depth . . . Last came the eerie sounds that experienced navy men knew from World War II: the sounds of a submarine breaking up and compartments ...
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On the morning of April 10, 1963, the world's most advanced submarine was on a test dive off the New England coast when she sent a message to a support ship a thousand feet above her on the surface: experiencing minor problem . . . have positive angle . . . attempting to blow . . . Then came the sounds of air under pressure and a garbled message: . . . test depth . . . Last came the eerie sounds that experienced navy men knew from World War II: the sounds of a submarine breaking up and compartments collapsing.When she first went to sea in April of 1961, the U.S. nuclear submarine Thresher was the most advanced submarine at sea, built specifically to hunt and kill Soviet submarines. In The Death of the USS Thresher, renowned naval and intelligence consultant Norman Polmar recounts the dramatic circumstances surrounding her implosion, which killed all 129 men on board, in history's first loss of a nuclear submarine. This revised edition of Polmar's 1964 classic is based on interviews with the Thresher's first command officer, other submarine officers, and the designers of the submarine. Polmar provides recently declassified information about the submarine, and relates the loss to subsequent U.S. and Soviet nuclear submarine sinkings, as well as to the escape and rescue systems developed by the Navy in the aftermath of the disaster. The Death of the USS Thresher is a must-read for the legions of fans who enjoyed the late Peter Maas's New York Times best-seller The Terrible Hours.
1. The Thresher
2. A Brief Career
3. In the Yard
4. The Last Cruise
5. Inside the Thresher
6. The Early Search
7. Finding the Thresher
8. The Inquiry
9. A Sequence of Events
A. An announcement that the Thresher is "overdue and presumed missing."
B. The first press briefing of the Thresher disaster
C. Death certificate for the 129 Navymen and Civilians aboard the Thresher on April 10, 1963
D. Report of the Thresher Court of Inquiry
E. Statement announcing the finding of the Thresher's remains
F. The 129 Navymen and Civilians who died in the Thresher
Posted June 27, 2010
On April 10, 1963, the USS Thresher, lead ship in the US Navy's newest class of nuclear attack submarines, was undergoing a series of deep diving tests as part of a post-overhaul cruise. She never resurfaced, and the loss of the Thresher and the 129 men on board remains the Navy's worst submarine disaster.
Norman Polmar dissects the events leading up to the Thresher's last dive, the frantic initial search for the missing sub, the month's long search to locate the wreck in 8,400 feet of water, and summarizes possible scenarios that might have caused the loss. Polmar is in a unique position to do so, having worked on the Navy's Deep Submergence Systems Project and other submarine-related defense projects for a number of years. Polmar also examines subsequent nuclear submarine disasters, including the only other US sub lost, the USS Scorpion in 1968, and a number of Soviet/Russian subs.
The only weak spot in the book is that the men behind the machines are almost one-dimensional, only the commanders getting more than a passing mention. Still, an important book that lays out the lessons the Navy learned from the Thresher and Scorpion disasters.
Posted November 30, 2001
I could not put this book down.You can't help but feel like it's happening now.Once you read it you won't forget it.A great tribute to the 129 men lost at sea,It will fill you with pride and patriotisim.THANK YOU NORMAN POLMAR !!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 27, 2010
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