AARON BARNES WAS ON DUTY WITH THE SONAR SYSTEM OF
THE USS MONTANA,
AN OHIO-CLASS SSBN BALLISTIC
flames took the job seriously. He knew that if he made one mistake, they were all blind and deaf in the belly of the sea.
So when the glider, still far off, began to emit a thrumming noise as it moved through the water, it was less than a second before Barnes noticed it, and only a few seconds more before both Barnes and the sonar computer concluded, from the sound-source's course and speed, that it wasn't a fish.
Within moments, the whole crew was at battle stations. There weren't all that many countries in the world that even owned submarines, and none of them were neutral. Not at that speed, at that depth, at that time. Not in those waters.
How fast was it? Barnes checked again. "Sixty knots," he whispered.
"Sixty knots?" said Captain Kretschmer. His voice was calm enoughhe simply didn't believe the information. "No way, Barnes. The Reds don't have anything that fast."
"Checked it twice, skipper," Barnes told him. "It's a real unique signature. No cavitation, no reactor noise. Doesn't even sound like screws." In fact, it sounded like a fish with an incredibly loud heartbeat. But sixty knots? Wasn't a fish in the sea could move that fast even if it was pissing pure rocket fuel...
- 1989 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
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