Defense Department Weighs New Anti-ship Missile Sub
(Rudy Abramson, in The New York Times, 6 June 1971)
Defense Secretary Melvin R. Laird said that the Pentagon was considering building a new class of submarines that could launch missiles against enemy ships when far beyond the range of antisubmarine weapons. His remarks came as he helped lay the keel for a new super-quiet nuclear attack submarine named in honor of the late Representative Glenard P. Lipscomb (Rep., Calif.), a chief congressional advocate of a nuclear-powered navy.
His statement indicated support for the view of Vice Admiral Hyman G. Rickover, who gives top priority to the development.
The Soviet Union has had such a weapon for several years, and the continued growth and general improvement of the Russian navy has become a major arguing point in a drive to modernize the U. S. Fleet.