PERU: Submarine Scandal

In Groton, Conn. last week, two sleek, new submarines for the Peruvian navy slid down the ways in a dramatic double launching, and a watching crowd cheered. In Lima, a sour official communiqué suggested that the new government would have been just as happy if the submarines had never been ordered.

The subs were the second pair of four ordered between 1952 and 1955 by Vice Admiral Roque Saldias, the Navy Minister. The reputed cost was $32 million, payable over five years, a heavy drain for a nation whose record navy budget is only $13 million, but no complaint was heard...

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