mission to salvage a sunken Soviet submarine
in the mid 1970's. Howard Hughes
lent his services to assist the government, providing huge, canopied ship
that was hollowed out to acommodate sections of the retrieved sub without being obvious
to satellite observer
The retrieval team noticed that the sub in question was poorly constructed and, in the case of some key components, dangerously obsolete.
The embarrassment this constituted for the Russian navy may go far towards explaining their subsequent reluctance to ask for aid in later crises.