Super Nuke! A Memoir about the Life of a Nuclear Submariner and the
Contributions of a “Super Nuke”—The USS Ray (SSN-653)—Toward Winning the Cold War
Charles Cranston Jett. Denver: Outskirts Press, 2016. 308 pp. Illus. Appendices. $22.46.
Reviewed by Vice Admiral Al Konetzni Jr., U.S. Navy (Retired)
Often called our nation’s longest war, the Cold War is now being researched and presented to the world in myriad books, movies, and television programs. Largely because of the security classifications, the role of the U.S. Submarine Force in that war is little known. The fact is that the force put great stress on the Soviet Union’s naval forces, specifically its fast attack and ballistic missile submarines. It did so with a numerically smaller force that was technologically superior to Soviet submarines and manned by volunteers who knew that each crewmember was equally critical to operating the vessel safely at great depths far from home.