High Seas: Sub Flub

Nuclear mystery near Japan

For days a Soviet Golf II-class submarine zigzagged erratically across the strategic Sea of Japan. Occasionally the vessel would dive, resurface and send off clouds of heavy smoke, while support ships waited near by. Finally an oceangoing Soviet tug took the obviously stricken sub in hand and began towing it at a snail's pace in the general direction of Vladivostok, headquarters of the Soviet Pacific Fleet. As the Japanese press closely followed the drama, defense officials in Tokyo quietly pondered a couple of minor mysteries: What was the...

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