The CIA’s Greatest Covert Operation: Inside the Daring Mission to Recover a Nuclear-Armed Soviet Sub
David H. Sharp. Lawrence: Kansas University Press, 2012. 344 pp. Illus. Notes. Bibliog. Index. $34.95.
Reviewed by Rear Admiral T. A. Brooks, U.S. Navy (Retired)
In early March 1968, the Soviet Golf II-class (diesel-electric) ballistic-missile submarine K-129 was lost in the central Pacific while en route to her patrol area northwest of Hawaii. She had not communicated with Moscow on her appointed schedule, nor responded to attempts by Moscow to reach her. The Soviets launched a massive search effort but eventually canceled it when no trace of the submarine was found. They had no idea where or exactly when the boat had sunk.