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Scorpion Down: Sunk by the Soviets, Buried by the Pentagon: The Untold Story of the USS Scorpion Paperback – March 25, 2008
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Response to comment from James Dickinson who hoped the SCORPION event was over quickly.
It was very quick; the SCORPION pressure-hull and all internal bulkheads were destroyed in 0.112-seconds, That's slightly faster than Usian Bolt, currently the world record holder for the 100m and 200m sprints, reacts to the starting gun. Put another way, everything was over in less time than it would take to blink.
The two paragraphs immediately below provide the summary assessment of why SCORPION was lost from my letter of 6 Aug 2010 to the Director of Naval Intelligence, copies of which can be obtained from the Navy History and Heritage Command (NHHC) through a Freedom of Information Act request. This is the last nail in Ed Offley's coffin of conjecture about Soviet involvement. Also ask the NHHC for copies of Rule's letters of 14 Mar and 3 Apr 2009 which provide detailed analyses of the acoustic detection of the loss of SCORPION and explain why John Craven was wrong when he conjectured SCORPION had reversed course to deal with a torpedo that had started up in its launch tube.
(quote) The USS SCORPION was lost because hydrogen produced by the 65-ton, 126-cell TLX-53-A main storage battery exploded in two-stages one-half second apart at 18:20:44Z on 22 May 1968. These events, which did not breach the pressure-hull, prevented the crew from maintaining depth-control. The SCORPION pressure-hull collapsed at 18:42:34Z at a depth of 1530-feet. Noted times are actual event times on board SCORPION.
This assessment is NOT the generic attribution of the loss of a submarine to a battery-explosion advanced as a default explanation in the absence of any more likely construct.Read more ›
However, I believe this book insults the lives and memories of those lost, and those that were involved.
As far as differing timelines for the search, not unusual given the top secret methods and procedures used in the search and by the lost USS Scorpion.
Now, as to specifics. I call this a square peg in a round hole since it appears that Mr. Offley started out with his conclusion and worked backwards from there to try and make it seem "fact". He decided that the Soviets intentionally sank the USS Scorpion. This apart from his earlier descriptions of "hull shot" missions (where a US submarine will close to within a very few feet of a Soviet submarine and take pictures through the periscope) in which collisions occurred.
Mention is made of an alleged multiple day "dogfight" between USS Scorpion and a Soviet submarine, a Soviet MISSILE submarine (that's important, and I'll come back to that later). Now the Scorpion was an attack submarine, described by Mr. Offley as being able to attain underwater speeds in excess of 30+ knots. Equipped with state of the art (for that time) sonar gear.
Then Mr. Offley wants us to believe that this hunter/killer submarine, and make no mistake about it, that is what USS Scorpion was designed and built to do, kill other submarines, got into a fight with a Soviet submarine, and was unable to lose that pursuer.
Now, let's talk about that Soviet submarine, shall we? Mr. Offley states several times that the Soviet submarine was a missile sub. An Echo II submarine. Designed to shoot missiles at surface targets, and, as Mr.Read more ›
(1) The search for the missing Scorpion did not begin after the submarine failed to show up at its homeport in Norfolk, Virginia, on May 27, 1968, but instead it was triggered several days earlier by the failure of the sub to communicate by radio as scheduled. The Navy, at the time and subsequently, covered up the existence of this early search.
(2) The US Navy actually found the lost submarine only a few days after the search began, not several months later according to the official reports, the Soviets having tipped off the Navy as to the lost vessel's location.
(3) The Scorpion was sunk by a Soviet torpedo.
Offley's first conclusion - that the search began in earnest even before the Scorpion failed to show up at Norfolk - appears tenable, based as it is upon by statements from Admiral Schade, commander of the Atlantic submarine force at the time, and from Admiral Moorer, the Chief of Naval Operations.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book, but 1000 pages of references seems a bit excessive. Overall it's well written and, considering the lack of government acknowledgement, builds a convincing argument.Published 6 months ago by Christyk
Should go in the fiction section of any library. The ALL SOURCE analysis of the incident by Naval Intelligence, with which I was involved, provided no evidence that the Soviets... Read morePublished 8 months ago by EX ONI
This is a good book predicated on ideas regarding the demise of the Scorpion that have circulated for years. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Donald W. Decoster III
I worked at a naval shipyard for 31 years and never heard about this. Another example of government lying to us. A great read and lots of documentation and detail. Read morePublished 9 months ago by dave
Far more detailed than All Hands Down, with loads of technical data, this is the definitive book on the subject. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Johnboy1