Today, Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) and Chellie Pingree (ME-01) introduced H.Res. 145, a resolution recognizing the 50th anniversary of the sinking of U.S.S. Thresher.
"We must honor the legacy of those who lost their lives on the U.S.S. Thresher, and continue to recognize the excellent work the men and women of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard do to help keep our nation safe." Shea-Porter said.
"The men on the Thresher gave their lives in the service of our country and today we honor their memory and promise never to forget the sacrifice they made," Pingree said.
On April 10, 1963, the U.S.S. Thresher sank roughly 200 miles off the coast of Cape Cod. All 129 crew members perished aboard the nuclear submarine. In response to the loss of U.S.S. 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, which is a legacy owed to the brave individuals who perished aboard U.S.S. Thresher.
The resolution states in-part that the House of Representatives "recognizes the 50th anniversary of the sinking of U.S.S. Thresher; remembers with profound sorrow the loss of U.S.S. 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."