The USS Plunger SSN-595
Displacement. 3070 tons (surf.), 3500 tons (subm.);
length. 278.5'; Beam. 31.8';
Keel laid down by Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, CA,
My home away from home for three and a half years.
Western Pacific (WestPac)
Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
San Diego, California
(Cameras were not allowed in secret areas, however Marie managed to get some photo's)
The only photo of me on board Plunger (last person on Right)
Maneuvering, one of my watch stations. The propulsion system was controlled from this area.
Left side Steam Plant Control Panel (SPCP), Center Reactor Control Panel (RCP), Right Electrical Control Panel (EPCP)
Results from not using a turn signal
Wild ride during an emergency blow.
A note in memory one of my Commanding Officers
Commander Alvin L. Wilderman, was washed overboard from the bridge of PLUNGER (SSN-595) on 1 December 1973 outside Golden Gate while the ship was enroute to routine post-overhaul sea trials. In spite of an intensive search by air and sea, his body was never recovered.
My Duty Stations
Aviation Cadet Flight Training, Pensacola, Florida
Boot Camp, Great Lakes Navel Training Center
Machinist Mate Training School, Great Lakes Navel Training Center
USS Sierra AD-18, Norfolk, Virginia Caribbean, Mayport, Florida
Nuclear Power School, Bainbridge Maryland
Nuclear Power Training Unit, Windsor Locks, Connecticut
Submarine School, Groton, Connecticut
USS Plunger SSN-595, WestPac
USS Halibut SSN-587, WestPac
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