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PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — Family and friends who lost loved ones when the USS Thresher sank 50 years ago are remembering those who perished in the deadliest submarine disaster in U.S. history.
Hundreds gathered for an emotional memorial service Saturday afternoon in Portsmouth, N.H., that ended with wreaths being tossed into the Piscataqua River.
Saturday's service, along with the dedication of a flagpole Sunday in Kittery, Maine, aim to call attention to the tragedy that took place 220 miles off Cape Cod.
The nuclear-powered submarine, built at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and based in Connecticut, was engaging in sea trials when a pipe leak led to a cascading series of events that caused its destruction. All 129 Navy crew members and civilian technicians perished.