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1Title:  USS Parche: Attack submarine configured to support intelligence operations Add
 Summary:  The USS Parche, a Sturgeon-class attack submarine, was converted in the mid-1970s for use in intelligence operations, including support for deep sea divers through a chamber installed on the aft portion of the submarine. The Parche was the first relatively modern submarine employed in operations to tap Soviet undersea communication cables in the Barents Sea and the Sea of Okhotsk; previously, the USS Halibut, a much louder, converted guided missile submarine, supported these operations. The Parche became the most decorated submarine in United States naval history, winning a total of nine Presidential Unit Citations and ten Navy Unit Citations. 
 Reference:  Sontag, Sherry, Christopher Drew, and Annette Lawrence Drew. Blind Man's Bluff: The Untold Story of American Submarine Espionage. New York: Public Affairs, 1998, pages 209-230. 
 Date:  circa 1983 
 Subject(s):  S5W | USS Parche (SSN-683) | Naval Reactors 
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