Naval War College Review

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We Come Unseen


Nigel West


Books about submarines are generally disapproved of, unless they are technical volumes describing the characteristics and performance of potentially hostile fleets. A couple of recent accounts of American operations have run into shallow water. For example, Roger Dunham was obliged to censor much of his Spy Sub (Naval Institute Press, 1996) and conceal the fact that he had served on the USS Halibut on classified projects, one of which was the discovery of the wreck of a Soviet submarine in the Pacific. Exercising discretion, Dunham called his boat Viperfish and never identified the K-219, the Soviet Golf II that went down in 1968 with ballistic missiles aboard and became the target of a celebrated CIA salvage operation, code-named JENNIFER.