The Hunt for Red October

GRAND BANKS — A nuclear Soviet submarine went missing in deep waters off the coast of Nova Scotia. The sub named the Red October left Submarine Base Number 10 in the Russian city of Polyarny, Murmansk Oblast on Monday November 5, 1984, but was reported missing early Wednesday morning. The Red October is believed to be a new variant of the large typhoon-class submarine, which is approximately the size of a World War II aircraft carrier.

This new class of sub is thought to have a revolutionary propulsion system called a caterpillar system. This system will make it virtually silent as it moves through the water. An unidentified naval ship builder described the sound that a magneto hydro dynamic or caterpillar system would make sounds as “whales humping or some kind of seismic anomaly.” He added that current United States sonar would not be able to detect this type of sub.


The Red October was under the control of Captain Marko Ramius. The Lithuanian-born Ramius is no stranger to new types of subs. He has been credited with commanding the lead boat for each new Soviet submarine class created over the last ten years. The Russian ambassador to the United States revealed the sub was named the Red October after the October 1917 Russian revolution.

Former Marine and current CIA analyst Dr. Jack Ryan describes the Red October as a nuclear sub “designed to approach by stealth and to shower its target with multiple independent warheads.” He also noted that the bulk of the Soviet surface fleet is now heading to Red October’s last known location. Navy Admiral James Greer held a differing opinion when he stated “The absence of activity in the Pacific indicates this could be just an exercise.” The President’s National Security Advisor Jeffrey Pelt declined comment for this article.

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