Talk:USS Augusta (SSN-710)

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I have removed this sentance: Augusta successfully prevented efforts to tow K-219 back to the Soviet Union., please can somebody explain how this was done and more pentinently, why it was done, and provide a reference? --Jackyd101 01:12, 6 June 2006 (UTC)

According to the book Hostile Waters, by Peter A. Huchthausen, a Russian submarine codenamed "K-219" was disabled due to mechanical failure off of the eastern seaboard of the United States. The boat was supposed to be towed back to mainland Russia to prevent American forces from recovering live Russian submarine-launched ballistic missiles stored aboard K-219. USSN Augusta supposedly intentionally broke the tow line with its wake, nearly capsizing nearby lifeboats. Russians were not overly paranoid in this case, since once nuke was removed by the time the Russians brought in their deep sea submersible years later.

http://www.amazon.com/HOSTILE-WATERS-Gripping-fought-submarine/dp/0312169280