Usns Glomar Explorer T-ag-193 Ship Salvaged Ussr Submarine 1974 Photo Cachet
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Usns Glomar Explorer T-ag-193 Ship Salvaged Ussr Submarine 1974 Photo Cachet:
USNSGLOMAR EXPLORER T-AG-193Theship tasked to recovernuclear weapons and code books from theSoviet submarine K-129 that sank in the Pacific in 1968.Offered isa naval first day cover with apostmark fromWashington, DCdatedJune 7,2002.Blue photo of actual ship oncachet #4969 by Alvin Eckert USCS #9964.The619 foot vessel was specifically built inChester, Pennsylvania by Sun Shipbuilding and DrydockCo forCIA's Project Jennifer,theCold-War intelligence recovery/salvage of the sunken Russian submarine. This wasone of the mostexpensive, complex and secretive operationsof theCold War period.Howard Hughes providedplausibility for this operation with the building of a "deep sea mining ship". Cover franked with32 centAmerican Flagstamp. The vessel was held in the Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet for many years, but is operating as a private company mining ship now.
These items make fine gifts when mounted on colored matte and placed in a 5x7 picture frame.