In March 1968 the Soviet ballistic missile submarine K-129 carrying three of the most modern submarine-launched missiles then in the Soviet inventory, each with a one-megaton thermo-nuclear warhead, sank with the tragic loss of its 98 officers and crew in the dark abyss of the Central North Pacific.
Its whereabouts remained unknown to the Soviets for over six years but the U.S. Air Forces AFTAC had located it within weeks of its demise. For U.S. Intelligence, here lay a cornucopia of Soviet naval missile technology and a potential intelligence coup of the highest magnitude!
Under the guise of a Howard Hughes enterprise the U.S. Government and CIA crafted a secret program of unparalleled imagination and engineering to raise the K-129 in 1974. This clandestine effort code-named Azorian to obtain an intelligence coup at the height of the Cold War would take over six years to complete and still remains highly classified even today.
But now after more than three decades of secrecy, this incredible story can finally be told, by the men who were there that made it happen together with amazing computer graphic reconstruction, original film footage of Azorian´s actual salvage attempt and new documentary evidence relating to the projects successes and failures, in the Raising of the K-129.