Who hasn’t experienced the frustration of plunking down a quarter to guide a metal claw toward a stuffed prize, only to lose everything? In CIA Project AZORIAN, the government spent around $800 million and six years to grab their own prize with a claw: the K-129 wreck, a Soviet nuclear submarine on the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, in what became known as the K-129 conspiracy.
The CIA plan to retrieve a Soviet sub was almost impossible: they had to design an enormous ship with a giant claw capable of retrieving a submarine three miles underwater. But the Soviet submarine K-129 carried valuable Cold War secrets, so President Nixon approved Project AZORIAN.
The secret plot involved Howard Hughes, valuable manganese nodules, a close call with a Soviet ship, and an elaborate break-in. It almost sounds like the plot from a James Bond movie, but Project AZORIAN is completely true.
It Started When, In The Middle Of The Cold War, A Soviet Submarine Disappeared
The Submarine Sank In A Remote Part Of The Pacific, But It Was A Rich Prize
Project AZORIAN Was Almost Impossible
The CIA Teamed Up With Howard Hughes To Build A Massive Ship
The Massive Glomar Explorer Hid The Recovery Equipment Under Water
In 1974, The Glomar Explorer Was Finally Ready To Recover The Submarine