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USS Scorpion (SSN-589)
The Skipjack-class submarine USS Scorpion (SSN-589) was commissioned on 29 July, 1960. Scorpion operated in the Atlantic for most of her career, and played a major role in developing nuclear submarine combat tactics. Scorpion underwent overhauls in 1963-64, and 1967, in the latter, she did not receive the modifications to fix the problems that caused the loss of the Thresher in 1963. Deployed to the Mediterranean in February, 1968, Scorpion disappeared on her way back to the US while under orders to investigate a Soviet task group operating near the Azores. The date of her sinking was later confirmed as 22 May by acoustic detection records, but the cause of her loss remains controversial. The majority of the damage to the sub was done by sinking below crush depth, but what caused her to end up there in the first place is unknown.