Project Azorian

Project Azorian : The CIA and the Raising of the K-129

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In early August 1974, despite incredible political, military and intelligence risks, and after six years of secret preparations, the CIA attempted to salvage the sunken Soviet ballistic missile submarine K-129 from the depths of the North Pacific Ocean. This audacious effort was carried out under the cover of an undersea mining operation sponsored by eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes. "Azorian"-incorrectly identified as Project Jennifer by the press- was the most ambitious ocean engineering endeavour ever attempted and can be compared to the 1969 moon landing for its level of technological achievement.

Following the sinking of a Soviet missile submarine in March 1968, U.S. intelligence agencies were able to determine the precise location and to develop a means of raising the submarine from a depth of 16,560 feet. Previously, the deepest salvage attempt of a submarine had been accomplished at 245 feet. The remarkable effort to reach the K-129, which contained nuclear-armed torpedoes and missiles as well as crypto-logic equipment, was conducted with Soviet naval ships a few hundred yards from the lift ship, the Hughes Glomar Explorer. While other books have been published about this secret project, none has provided an accurate and detailed account of this remarkable undertaking. To fully document the story, the authors conducted extensive interviews with men who were on board the Glomar Explorer and the USS Halibut, the submarine that found the wreckage, as well as with U.S. naval intelligence officers and with Soviet naval officers and scientists.

The authors had access to the Glomar Explorer's logs and to other documents from U.S. and Soviet sources. The book is based, in part, on the research for Michael White's ground-breaking documentary film Azorian: The Raising of the "K-129", released in late 2009. As a result of the research for the book and the documentary, the CIA was forced to issue a report on Project Azorian in early 2010, even though they tried to withhold all of the details from the public record by redacting one-third of that document. In this book, the untold story of the CIA's Project Azorian is finally revealed after decades of secrecy.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 264 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 20.32mm | 477g
  • Annopolis, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 60 black & white and colour photographs, 2 maps
  • 1591146682
  • 9781591146681
  • 454,092

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In early August 1974, despite incredible risks and after six years of secret preparations, the CIA attempted to salvage the sunken Soviet ballistic missile submarine K-129 from the depths of the North Pacific Ocean. The audacious effort was undertaken with the cover of an undersea mining operation sponsored by eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes.

"Azorian" incorrectly identified as Project Jennifer by the press was the most ambitious ocean engineering endeavor attempted by man. Following the accidental sinking of a Soviet missile submarine in March 1968, U.S. intelligence agencies were able to determine the precise location and to develop a means of raising the submarine from a depth of 16,400 feet. The remarkable salvage effort of the K-129, which contained nuclear-armed torpedoes and one nuclear tipped missile as well as crypto equipment, was conducted with Soviet naval ships a few hundred yards from the lift ship, the Hughes Glomar Explorer.

While other books were previously published about this top-secret project, not one was based on interviews with the participants or on withheld government documents and film. The authors conducted interviews with men who were on board the Glomar Explorer and the USS Halibut, the submarine that found the wreckage, with U.S. naval intelligence officers, and with the Soviet submarine division commander and other Soviet officials and engineers. They also had access to the Glomar Explorer's logs and other documents from U.S. and Soviet sources.

The book is based, in part, on the research for Michael White' documentary film Azorian: The Raising of the K-129, released in late 2009. The research for the book and the documentary forced the CIA to issue a brief report on Project Azorian in early 2010, with one-third of the document censored.
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This is a must read for all of you that were or wished you were in the exciting, dangerous, previously highly-classified, submarine component of the Cold War." -- Naval Historical Foundation "Here, the untold story of the CIA's Project Azorian is finally revealed after decades of secrecy." -- The Washington Times
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About Norman Polmar

Norman Polmar is an internationally known analyst, consultant and award-winning author specialising in naval, aviation and intelligence issues. He has served for almost eleven years on the Secretary of the Navy's Research Advisory Committee (NRAC) and has written more than forty books, including nine editions of >em>The Naval Institute Guide to Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet.

Michael White has worked in film and television for over thirty-five years. His career in special and visual effects began in 1976 at Pinewood Studios, and in 1990 he moved to Vienna, Austria which he has used as a base to work around Europe as a director of well over fifty commercials and some twenty corporate films. His website is www.projectjennifer.at/.
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