Azorian: The Raising of the K-129
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The PBS DVD "Azorian: The Raising of the K-129" tells the full, almost unbelievable story of the boldest American clandestine operation of the Cold War (at least of those the public knows about). In the summer of 1974, the operation secretly attempted to salvage the forward 136 feet of the K-129 (which had broken off from the stern section). The U.S. stood to gain enormously valuable insights into Soviet naval equipment, capabilities and operational procedures. CIA intelligence analysts drooled at the thought of the information they expected the K-129 to yield--cryptographic hardware, code manuals, communications systems, torpedoes and one or more missiles with their thermonuclear warheads. The operation would be scandalously expensive, technically challenging, unprecedentedly complex, extremely risky, probably illegal and not at all certain to succeed. But if it did...Read more ›
There were a number of photos I had never seen before. I was impressed in the way they explained and showed the lifting of the K-129 and the dropping of a number of parts & and sections. I also liked the views of how all the arms worked. The Moon Pool, the "Barge" the grabbers were all presented very clearly.
Imagine 4,000 people involved without any secrets about the true mission of Azorian getting out until the K-129 parts were safely delivered to the USA. Think of the special machinery they had to invent and and fabricate for this task! Think of the valuable info we captured from what we were were able to salvage off the K-129! I'd like to see an actual movie of this adventure. I can't think of a sea story that could beat it.
This whole adventure is something this country should be proud of! Yet when word of this got out, many people throughout the world and many in this country condemned what we had done. The Glomar Explorer became synonymous with dirty deeds.
If you're interested in high adventure videos of true events, I think you'll love this DVD.
This documentary merely scratches the surface of what was involved in raising a sunken submarine from the deep ocean, and doing it in secrecy. The best line in the story is, "...we didn't know you couldn't do that!" So, they went ahead and did it. With so much naysaying these days, and complaining that something is too hard to undertake, I recommend this DVD as a case study for Engineering, Project Management and even espionage students. For history buffs the DVD will also be a jaw dropper.
Azorian is a thoroughly mesmerizing story from the Cold War era. You will need to watch the story through a couple of times because Sherm Wetmore and Vance Boulding almost make it sound like it was easy.
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If ships, engineering or Cold War espionage interest you then you'll like it. Others might find it bit on the long side.Published 5 days ago by Risedog
Fascinating description of the engineering involved. Maybe could have used a bit more cold war intrigue...Published 8 days ago by Leo Montauk
Very interesting documentary. Probably a bit longer than it needed to be but I recall the incident very well with all the speculation in the press about what was going on at the... Read morePublished 9 days ago by IPPete
Behind the scenes CIA footage was cool. I would recommend if your looking for a Cold War non fiction story that has a gripping tale.Published 15 days ago by Amazon Customer