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The USS Parche, SSN 683 was originally launched in 1973 and transferred to the Pacific fleet in the late 70s. By 1978 she had been modified and was being used as a Special Operations boat, most famously being one of the boats involved in the clandestine Soviet cable tapping mission in the Sea of Okhtsk , Operation Ivy Bells, as described in the book Blind Man's Bluff. In 1987 she underwent engineering modifications that took 4 years but added a 100' hull extension forward of the sail, and other features, that further increased her Special Operations capabilities.
At the end of her 35 year career, the USS Parche was the most decorated American Navy vessel with 9 Presidential Unit Citations, 10 Navy Unit Commendations, and 13 Navy Expeditionary Medals.
This is a conversion kit for MirkoMir's 1/350 scale Sturgeon Long Hull SSN, kit #350-012. The set contains the 100' hull extension, forecastle structure, keel structure with moon pool, moon pool doors, skegs, AN/BQR-21 rear sonar dome, and the enlarged dive planes for the sail.