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Hostile Waters - The Death of Soviet Submarine K219

Hostile Waters - The Death of Soviet Submarine K219

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Published by: laksmana on Mar 27, 2009
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The ordeal of the
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took place at the very height of the cold war.Much of its story is still shrouded in secrecy. Operations involvingAmerican submarines are simply not discussed by the United StatesNavy.Ironically, it proved easier to obtain information from the Russians.Events portrayed in this book reflect that difference. Acts taken by,conversations held between, even the private thoughts of the crew of the
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are taken directly from their testimony or from the sub-marine's log.Actions inside and maneuvers made by the American sub presentat
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's ordeal were reconstructed from Russian observations, Amer-ican reports, interviews with many American naval officers and ex-perts, and the authors' long experience in naval affairs. Conversationsand commands portrayed in the book may not be the actual wordsspoken, the commands sent, or the orders received.Like any intelligence analysis, the authors had to reconstruct thisstory from multiple sources. Sometimes they disagreed on the details.
Their substance, however, is true.
 
 Lord 
G
od, our power ever more, whose armdoth reach the ocean floor. Divine with men beneath the sea; traverse thedepths protectively.
 Hear us when we pray, and keep them safe
 from peril in the deep. Lord, guard and guide the men who man thesubmarines that guard our land. Be with them always, night and day, in quiet 
depths and roaring spray.
O hear us when we cry to Thee, for those in peril on the sea
.
—FROM
THE UNITED STATES NAVY HYMN

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