It was an event that started a story in American military history like no other. In June 1968 the United States Navy ordered the construction of a special type of submarine. Then, just under five years later, the vessel finally saw her launch. And yet little did people at the time know that this craft would go on to make U.S. naval history.
The USS Parche (SSN-683), as the vessel was christened, was launched in January 1973. Yet it wasn’t until over 18 months later that she actually entered into active service for the U.S. Navy. From that point on, though, the ship would prove to be an invaluable addition to the American fleet.
Across over three whole decades of service, the USS Parche was involved in numerous naval operations. And despite the fact that she supposedly never fired her weapons, the vessel proved herself essential to protecting American interests. She even managed to remain functional well past the days of the Cold War.