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.