This interview with a Cold War submariner from 2001 reveals a little about what fast attack boats did during the Cold War. It was done in conjunction with a Smithsonian exhibit that had missile hatches and a declassified maneuvering room and some very interesting related displays.

PHILLIPS: Why don’t we begin, Admiral, with you. Take us back to March 17th, 1978 and set the scene for us.

EVANS: Batfish had gotten underway from our home port of Charleston, South Carolina on the 2nd of March, proceeded up north to the upper end of the Norwegian Sea about 200 miles north of the Arctic Circle, where we established a patrol zone and searched to look for the next Soviet ballistic missile submarine deploying from the Barent Sea (ph).

On March the 17th in the afternoon we got our initial contact on the Yankee class ballistic missile submarine and then proceeded to track and follow that submarine south through the Iceland Farrow Strait (ph) into the North Atlantic and down toward the east coast of the United States and then followed her through her entire patrol and back up into the Norwegian Sea as she headed back home into the Barents.

This could have been your view throughout the entire deployment:

Posted by Chap in History, Navy

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  • R. M. Hayball

    And 30 years ago, giants walked among us, and we were (most of us)unaware. Why Navy Expeditionary Medals sometimes said more than you could know. By the time my grandson(age 3)is as tall as his Daddy (6′ 4″), the really amazing stuff may cool off. Maybe.

  • jwithington

    I once made the mistake of asking a submarine squadron commodore about the book “Blind Man’s Bluff.” He replied he took an oath to never reveal some things and intended to keep unlike “some others.”

  • jw:

    You’re lucky – mention the same to one of the flags I worked for and you’d be banished from his presence for a (long) spell.
    – SJS