040920-N-6497N-014 Naval Base Kitsap, Wash. (Sept. 20, 2004) - The attack submarine USS Parche (SSN 683) returns to port for the final time at the Marginal pier at Naval Base Kitsap, Wash.
Parche, the last active Sturgeon-class attack submarine, is due to be decommissioned on October 19, 2004 after serving the fleet since 1973. Parche was configured for research and development from 1987-1991 and was used primary for intelligence gathering and underwater salvage. U.S. Navy photo by Brian Nokell (RELEASED)
No less than seven Presidential Unit citations (that I know of). The work of this submarine, their brave crews, and others like her.....their contributions to defense, the intelligence community, and to the end of the cold war can not be overestimated.
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