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The Soviets watch a sunken sub

For three days last year, the Soviets fought to save the nuclear submarine that had been crippled by an explosion and fire. In the end, the struggle was lost; the crew was evacuated, and the 426-ft. Yankee I-class sub plunged 18,000 ft. to the bottom of the Atlantic some 600 miles east of Bermuda, taking with it as many as 16 SS-N-6 ballistic missiles, each tipped with two 500-kiloton nuclear warheads. But if the vessel is gone, it has not been forgotten. Since the sinking last Oct. 6, Soviet ships have watched over the site, "maintaining a nearly continuous presence," according...

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