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|
|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|
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.