Soviet submarine carrying nuclear warheads
that sank in the Pacific Ocean
on March 11, 1968. Soviet officials suspected that the sub was struck by an American
submarine, the USS Swordfish
. That sub would later check into a dock in Japan
to repair a bent periscope. A secret CIA
led operation later raised sensitive parts of the sunken sub. American officials denied any involvement in the sinking of K-129 but did give the Russian government a videotape of a burial at sea for six Russian crew recovered from the vessel.
Some believe that the American sub USS Scorpion
was sunk two months later by the Soviets in retaliation for K-129.
The memory of the K-129 sinking colors Russian perception of the Kursk
sinking of August 2000.