Science: Nuke Killer

Deep under the china-blue Straits of Florida last week prowled a black and sinister shadow: the U.S. nuclear submarine Skate. Since Skate is almost as fast as any surface vessel and can dodge like a rabbit, the U.S. destroyer leader Norfolk had little chance of touching her with conventional antisub weapons. But on the Norfolk's afterdeck a clumsy-looking box swung like a gun turret. A section of it tilted, doors popped open, and with a screaming roar a slender rocket slanted upward, trailing a feather of flame. Near the top of the climb the engine section separated, and as the missile...

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