National Affairs: Gloom in the Silent Service

Late last month the sharklike U.S.S. Harder, one of the Navy's newest fast attack submarines, got under way from Belfast, Ireland and set a westward course for her home base at New London, Conn. One of Harder's engines was out of commission with a cracked block when the voyage began. About 650 miles west of Belfast, the crankshaft on a second engine broke. Sixteen hours later, Harder's last engine was partially disabled, and what little power it could generate had to be used to charge the submarine's ebbing batteries. Last week, 16 days after...

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