On 1 July 1955 Torsk joined Submarine
Squadron Six based at Norfolk, Virginia where she continued her training
activities by providing services to anti-submarine forces developing new ASW
In the mid 1950ís, the Regulus Missile
system was under development. Regulus was a jet powered, radio controlled
pilotless aircraft that could carry a conventional or nuclear warhead. It could
be carried on surface ships such as cruisers, and in specially designed hangers
aboard submarines. The submarines
would surface to launch the missile from rails on their main deck. In addition
to several submarines outfitted as launch boats, additional units of the
Atlantic and Pacific fleet were selected as guidance boats for the Regulus
system. These boats would be positioned along the flight path of the Regulus
missile, and would control the missileís flight while it was in their designated
was one of the Atlantic submarines assigned to Regulus Guidance duty, and
entered the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard in late 1955 for modifications and
equipment upgrades to allow her to control the missiles. She participated in
various training exercises over the next few years, until the Regulus system was
discontinued in the early 1960ís.
From June to August of 1959 she took part in the ceremonies marking the opening of the St.
Lawrence Seaway during which time she made an inland cruise through the Great
Lakes to Milwaukee, Chicago, and Buffalo.
This cruise was called Operation Inland Seas and included Task Force 47, a total
of 28 ships from the US Navy.
More than a hundred thousand visitors had their first look at the submarine
during the trip as they trooped through Torskís cramped compartments
during port visits.
She was awarded the Presidential Unit
Citation for operations during the 1960 Lebanon Crisis, operating as a unit of
the Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean Sea.
She took part in the 1962 naval blockade of Cuba established by the
United States during the Russian missile crisis.
During the operation, Torsk sent boarding parties to inspect some
Soviet merchant ships. For this
action she won the Navy Commendation Medal.
During the mid 1960ís, Torsk continued to
provide Anti-Submarine training services to the surface fleet. She also made
several cruises to places such as Ireland in 1965, and the Mediterreanean in
On 4 March 1968 Torsk , at the ripe old age of 24, was decommissioned at the Boston Navy Yard. By that time she had made 11,884 dives, a very high number by today's standards. She remained in Boston until June of 1968, when she was assigned to the U.S. Naval Reserve as a pierside training submarine and towed to the Navy Yard in Washington, DC.