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Seacoast Online: While the doomed USS Thresher (SSN 593) left a tragic legacy that will resonate for generations of submariners to come, she was not the first vessel to carry the name.

The original Thresher (SS 200) was one of the most decorated submarines of World War II. Battle-tested through 15 war patrols, she was decommissioned in 1946 at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard — the same facility where the more famous Thresher was built and launched 14 years later. The first Thresher, a Tambor-class diesel-electric submarine, was built by the Electric Boat Company in Groton, Conn., and launched in March 1940.

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