The American Central Intelligence Agency has failed in an attempt to recover nuclear missiles and code books from a Russian submarine which sank in three miles (5 kilometres) of water in the Pacific in 1968.
AERIAL VIEW Spy ship in '74 at Hawaii.
GV PAN Hughes Glomar Explorer at Long Beach now. (2 shots)
AERIAL VIEW Same ship at same harbour.
GV PAN Barge at same harbour.
CU Animation re-creation of operation.
AERIAL VIEW Spy ship at Long Beach. (2 shots)
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 5: "Here's the ship and the barge built to hide the submarine once it was raised, and the sub on the bottom, seventeen thousand feet down, more than three miles.
The barge was lowered to the bottom of the ocean near the sub.
Then a sort of undersea tractor crawled out of the barge, hooked onto the sub and pulled it back to the barge. The barge then began heading to the surface but suddenly part of the submarine broke off and that was the part that had the missiles and the codes, which was the purpose of the whole business. It returned to the ocean floor."
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EDITORS NOTE: THIS FILM CONTAINS COMMENTARY BY AN AMERICAN REPORTER OVER AN ANIMATED SECTION SHOWING HOW THE SUBMARINE WAS RAISED: IT IS FOR USE AND A TRANSCRIPT FOLLOWS:
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Background: The American Central Intelligence Agency has failed in an attempt to recover nuclear missiles and code books from a Russian submarine which sank in three miles (5 kilometres) of water in the Pacific in 1968.
The C.I.A. has spent about 350 million dollars (152 million pounds sterling) on the venture but has managed to raise only about a third of the Russian "H" class submarine.
They recovered the front section of the submarine last July from the floor of the Pacific, south west of Midway Island.
The section contained the bodies of about seventy Russian seamen who had died when the submarine sank after an explosion.
They were given a burial at sea by the Americans.
The C.I.A. made the recovery effort with the aid of a ship, the Glomar Explorer, and a specially designed barge.
The barge was lowered to the ocean bed and a tractor-like device in it hooked onto the submarine and dragged it into the barge.
The submarine broke up as it was being lifted to the surface, however, and the sections containing the missiles and the code books fell back to the ocean floor.
Although hundreds of people worked on the project, it remained a close secret of the Government until news of it leaked out this week.