World: Moscow's Military Machine: The Best of Everything

WHILE Moscow was celebrating Lenin's centennial with pomp and rhetoric, the Soviet military marked the occasion in a more dramatic way. Fanning out across three oceans and nine seas, more than 200 Soviet warships staged the greatest naval maneuvers in the world's history. At the same time, hundreds of medium-and long-range Russian bombers ventured far beyond the borders of the Soviet Union. The U.S. reported 500 separate sightings as far apart as Japan and Iceland.

It was an impressive display. As part of Operation Okean (for ocean), an attack force of eight vessels built...

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