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Crimson Tide was no fantasy

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17 March 2009 11:08

In the course of a fascinating analysis of new data on US ballistic-missile submarine patrols, Hans Kristensen from the Federation of American Scientists observes:

The data also reveals a couple of interesting spikes of increased patrols in 1963/1965 and 1991. The reasons for this increased activity is not known but the periods coincide with the Cuban missile crisis and the failed coup attempt in the final days of the Soviet Union in 1991.

That Soviet coup scenario was played out to excellent effect in the 1995 thriller Crimson Tide, to my mind a superior submarine film to the more popular The Hunt for Red October. The plot of Crimson Tide (which you get the gist of from the trailer, below) was extreme but utterly believable. And the film reinforces a point I made briefly yesterday about the human capacity for error, and how nuclear weapons compound the cost of such errors.

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