Soviet submarine K-129 (1960)
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Golf II class ballistic missile submarine K-129, hull number 722
|Ordered:||26 January 1954|
|Builder:||Nr. 402 Severodvinsk or Nr. 199 Komsomol Na Amur |
|Fate:||Sank on 8 March 1968 approximately 1,560 nautical miles (2,890 km) northwest of
|Status:||Partially recovered in covert salvage operation by the
|Class and type:||
|Displacement:||2,743 t (2,700 long tons) submerged|
|Length:||100 m (330 ft)|
|Beam:||8.5 m (28 ft)|
|Draft:||8.5 m (28 ft)|
|Armament:||D-4 launch system with 3 × R-21 missiles|
|Notes:||Said to be armed with SS-N-5 Serb missile with 750–900 nmi (1,390–1,670 km) range and one megaton warhead|
K-129 was a Project 629A (
In January 1968, the 15th Submarine Squadron was part of the 29th Ballistic Missile Division at Rybachiy, commanded by Admiral Viktor A. Dygalo. K-129's commander was Captain First Rank V.I. Kobzar. K-129 carried hull number 722 on her final deployment during which she sank on 8 March 1968. It was one of four mysterious submarine disappearances in 1968; the others being the Israeli submarine
The United States attempted to recover the boat in 1974 in a secret
K-129, having completed two 70-day ballistic-missile combat patrols in 1967, was tasked with her third patrol in February 1968, with an expected completion date of 5 May 1968. Upon departure on 24 February, K-129 reached deep water, conducted its test dive, returned to the surface to report by radio that all was well, and proceeded on patrol. No further communication was received from K-129, despite normal radio check-ins expected when the submarine crossed the 180th meridian, and when it arrived at its patrol area.
By mid-March, Soviet naval authorities in
This Soviet deployment in the Pacific was analysed by U.S. intelligence as probably in reaction to a submarine loss. U.S.
Soviet search efforts, lacking the equivalent of the U.S. SOSUS system, were unable to locate K-129, and eventually Soviet naval activity in the North Pacific returned to normal. K-129 was subsequently declared lost with all hands.
American intelligence resources, with the aid of SOSUS triangulation, would later locate the K-129 wreck, photograph it