DEFENSE: New Power in the Depths

Since World War II, the once insignificant Soviet navy has developed an ambitious new objective—wresting from the U.S. control of the seas. To this end the U.S.S.R. is building 50 to 60 submarines a year, and now has an in-service fleet of more than 400 subs, almost four times as many as the U.S.

Last week the U.S. Navy threw a new and disturbing factor into Russian calculations with the announcement that some time this year California's Mare Island Navy Yard will begin construction of the world's first atom-powered, guided missile submarine. Roughly the same size as the original atom-powered...

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