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автора "Рик Кэмпбелл"
Kevin Hardison — chief of staff
Christine O’Connor — national security advisor
Bill DuBose (Colonel) — senior military aide
Murray Wilson (Captain) — Commanding Officer
Charlie Eaton (Lieutenant) — Navigator
Clif Bradley (Lieutenant) — Junior Officer
Jeff Porteous (Lieutenant) — Junior Officer
John McNeil (Commander) — SEAL Team Commander
Jake Harrison (Lieutenant) — SEAL Platoon Officer-in-Charge
Jeff Stone (Special Warfare Operator Senior Chief)
Sam Carver (Special Warfare Operator First Class)
John Buglione (Commander) — Commanding Officer
Rick Schwartz (Lieutenant Commander) — Executive Officer
Bob Cibelli (Lieutenant) — Navigator
Mike Williams (Lieutenant) — Junior Officer
Tony DelGreco — Director, Code 85
John Hinves — lead torpedo mechanical engineer
Dave Reynolds — lead torpedo electrical engineer
Gino Cerbarano — lead torpedo warhead engineer
Logan Chance — Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI)
Carmen Aguirre — Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI)
Eric Mason — ONI Russian submarine expert
Dave Harrelson — ONI Russian torpedo expert
Vivian Best — Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
John Kaufmann — CIA interrogator
Yuri Kalinin — president
Andrei Lavrov — foreign minister
Sergei Andropov (General) — Chief of the General Staff
Anatoly Mikhailov (Captain Second Rank) — Commanding Officer
Erik Fedorov (Captain Third Rank) — First Officer
Alexei Novikoff — design lead for Russian Type 53 and Type 65 torpedoes
Georgiy Ivanov — former commander-in-chief of the Russian Navy
Elena Krayev — CIA agent
Russian President Yuri Kalinin entered the Kremlin conference room, joining his senior civilian and military advisors. All stood when Kalinin entered, returning to their seats after he took his position at the head of the table. Kalinin sensed the tension in the room as he prepared to review the aftermath of their invasion of Ukraine and Lithuania. The Americans had overcome Russia’s attempt to prevent them from intervening and had soundly defeated the Russian Navy in the process. Black plumes of smoke were still rising from Russian surface combatants — those lucky enough to have not been sunk — and hours earlier, Kalinin had been forced to order the withdrawal of all Russian troops from the two Eastern European countries.
Assessing the status of Russia’s military, along with potential damage control on the political front, were the main topics of this morning’s meeting. Kalinin turned to Foreign Minister Lavrov, who delivered his brief, focusing on efforts to repair diplomatic relations with Ukraine, Lithuania, and the United States, as well as the entire NATO alliance. Preventing additional economic sanctions, on top of those already in place for Russia’s annexation of Crimea, was high on the agenda. Various conciliatory proposals were discussed. However, when the topic shifted to the status of Russia’s military, the tone took a decidedly different turn.
General Andropov, Kalinin’s senior military advisor, addressed the Russian president. “We cannot let this stand. America has humiliated us. By the end of the day, images of Russian warships on fire and drifting aimlessly will be displayed on every Russian television broadcast. Public confidence in our military — and in your administration — will be seriously degraded.”
Andropov didn’t have to expound. Kalinin was up for reelection next year, being challenged by a Vladimir Putin protégé who currently led in the polls. When the country learned of the military debacle, he’d surge even further ahead. Drastic action would be required to shift public opinion and reestablish the world’s respect for the Russian military. Kalinin listened intently as Andropov continued.
“Despite our surface combatant losses, our submarine fleet remains a viable asset. We still have thirty-five diesel and nuclear attack submarines, while America has only eighteen fast attack submarines after their war with China and the losses inflicted at our hands. Additionally, we may soon have an unsurmountable advantage over our American counterparts.
“However,” Andropov added, “the required test is unusual and carries notable risks. Before the Navy proceeds, we need your approval.” He slid a folder across the table to Kalinin.
The Russian president read the directive, carefully considering the plan and its ramifications. After a long moment, he signed it. He looked up at Andropov.
“Proceed with the test.”
THE BARENTS SEA
Ten miles north of Kildin Island, just off the coast of Russia’s Kola Peninsula, USS
Williams released the doubler and shifted back to low power, continuing his clockwise revolution. In another thirty minutes, he’d be relieved by the next Officer of the Deck, who would have the pleasure of walking in circles for the next six hours. Although he looked forward to the end of his watch, he was disappointed. He’d hoped to be the one to spot Russia’s newest nuclear attack submarine, K-561
This morning’s intelligence message had reported
Williams’s thoughts were interrupted by the Sonar Supervisor’s report over the Conn speaker. “Conn, Sonar. Hold a new contact on the towed array, designated Sierra two-one, ambiguous bearings two-one-zero and zero-three-zero. Analyzing.”
Williams acknowledged Sonar’s report and rotated the periscope to a bearing of zero-three-zero, shifting to high power and activating the doubler. There were no contacts. He swung to the south. As he examined Kola Bay, he spotted a small speck on the horizon. He called to the Electronic Support Measures watch. “ESM, Conn. Report all radar contacts to the south.”
“Conn, ESM. I hold no contacts to the south.”
Williams selected the Captain’s stateroom on the 27-MC control box, then with his eye still against the periscope, retrieved the microphone from its holder.
“Captain, Officer of the Deck.”
A few seconds later, John Buglione answered. “Captain.”
“Captain, Officer of the Deck. Hold a new surface contact visually and on the towed arr ...