First Iranian Submarine, 1978

"Kooseh" never delivered to Iran

In the mid 1970's the Imperial Iranian Navy signed a contract to purchase three U.S. submarines from the U.S. Navy. One of these submarines named Kooseh or Shark was purchased for $650,000 with an additional 26 million dollars spent for its complete overhaul. The Imperial Iranian Navy sent their best officers and sailors to the U.S. so they could be trained at a U.S. submarine school. The Iranian officers and sailors spent more that 2 years in Groton Connecticut training side by side U.S. naval officers. Kooseh was delivered to the Imperial Iranian Navy in 1978. It was being prepared for its journey to Iran with its new Iranian crew when the Iranian Revolution took place. The new government refused to take the vessel despite the fact that it had already been paid for by Iran. The crew had to return the submarine to the U.S. Navy and return to Iran without the submarine. This never seen before film shows the ceremony of transferring the vessel back to the U.S. Navy and other footage of the Iranian crew inside the submarine. The U.S. Navy continued to charge IRI $70,000 a month to maintain the vessel and eventually seized the submarine as part of the Iranian assets during the hostage crises. The Submarine was later decommissioned and sold to a company in Florida currently using it as a research vessel.


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It's ok

by MRX1 on

The regime since then has bought three junky soviet submarine costing billions currently monitoring flies and mosquito's  in persian gulf.


Didn't Islamic Repubic buy some diesel class Russian subs?

by Anonymouse on

Everything is sacred


Amo Jan

by bahram9821 on

Nothing happened to the submarine crew, all of  the officers except one returned home to Iran and served under the new navy for a year or so before resigning. The majority of the young sailors decided to remain in U.S.after the refusal of IRI to take delivery of the sub. 


فدای تک تکشون.


چه‌ها که نکشیدند اینها از دست این ملاه‌های تازه به دوران رسیده.


I don't care about the Sub

by عموجان on

But I am wondering about the crow if they were executed as it was and is common by IRI. That would be very sad.

Now seeing this,I remember reading about this purchase when it happened but didn't know the crow has been this far in to their training. This a historic video.  

Submarine can't bring back Imam Zaman but the big bomb can.


Foiled attempt to return the submarine to Iran...

by AMT on

According to an account by one of the Iranian commanding officers of the Iranian sub, an attempt was made to flee with one of the submarines and return to Iran.

An Iranian Naval vessel had planned a rendezvous with the submarine in the Atlantic, in order to escort the submarine to Iran. The attempt did
take place during a routine exercise, however the plot was foiled, and
the submarine was tracked by US Navy and forced to return to its American base.  This specific incident, led to expulsion of the Iranian
Naval team from the United States with all their families and children.


Sargord Pirouz

That's the ex-USS Trout

by Sargord Pirouz on

That's the ex-USS Trout (SS-566), Tang class submarine. 

The sub was was sold to Naval Undersea Warfare Center for scrap value of $20,000 in 1992, being used as a remotely controlled (unmanned) target vessel for USN aircraft in Key West, FL. Currently, the submarine is in Texas for scraping.

More interesting, perhaps, was Iran's pre-revolution order of six German Type 209 submarines that went unfulfilled. 

Nice home movie, by the way. By their service/utility uniforms, hard to tell the IIN submariners from their contemporary American counterparts.