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Ship Name and Designation History

This section lists the names and designations that the ship had during its lifetime. The list is in chronological order.

    Thresher Class Attack Submarine
    Keel Laid 2 March 1960 - Launched 9 December 1961

    Commissioned 21 November 1962 - Deactivated 10 February 1989
    Decommissioned 3 January 1990

    Struck from Naval Register February 2 1990
    Laid up at Bremerton Naval Shipyard
    Disposed of through NPSSRP 5 January 1995 to 8 March 1996

Naval Covers

This section lists active links to the pages displaying covers associated with the ship. There should be a separate set of pages for each incarnation of the ship (ie, for each entry in the "Ship Name and Designation History" section). Covers should be presented in chronological order (or as best as can be determined).

Since a ship may have many covers, they may be split among many pages so it doesn't take forever for the pages to load. Each page link should be accompanied by a date range for covers on that page.

  1. USS Plunger SSN-595 Covers Page 1     (1961-1982)



This section lists examples of the postmarks used by the ship. There should be a separate set of postmarks for each incarnation of the ship (ie, for each entry in the "Ship Name and Designation History" section). Within each set, the postmarks should be listed in order of their classification type. If more than one postmark has the same classification, then they should be further sorted by date of earliest known usage.

A postmark should not be included unless accompanied by a close-up image and/or an image of a cover showing that postmark. Date ranges MUST be based ONLY ON COVERS IN THE MUSEUM and are expected to change as more covers are added.
>>> If you have a better example for any of the postmarks, please feel free to replace the existing example.


Postmark Type
Killer Bar Text

Thumbnail Link
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image


USPO Slogan
Machine Cancel


Vallejo, Calif.





Other Information

NAMESAKE - A diver, a daring gambler.

USS Plunger was awarded four Navy Unit Commendations as well as multiple Meritorious Unit Commendations, Battle Efficiency Awards, and other awards. And as of its retirement USS Plunger was the only submarine to win the Arleigh Burke Award (in 1969).

There has been four submarines of the US Navy that have borne the name PLUNGER - USS Plunger ordered in 1895 and cancelled in 1900, USS Plunger SS-2, USS Plunger SS-179 and USS Plunger SSN-595.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. Clinton P. Anderson.



If you have images or information to add to this page, then either contact the Curator or edit this page yourself and add it. See Editing Ship Pages for detailed information on editing this page.


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