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With the help of spies, technological innovation, and evolutionary design, the Soviets’ scandalous tryst with double-hull nuclear-powered submarines has turned out not to be the engineering faux pas the West has clucked about for 30 ^ years. If the relationship continues, the a Soviets’ SSNs of the mid-1990s could be better than the XS. U. S. Seawolf (SSN-21).