Four Soviet Sailors Had Been Adrift For 49 Days When A U.S. Warship Locked Onto Their Position

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It’s March 1960, and the American aircraft carrier USS Kearsarge is sailing in the open waters of the Pacific Ocean. This is a routine cruise: a journey from the Japanese port of Yokosuka back to the States. But now, three days after the ship has departed Japan, what the lookouts spot in the empty ocean wastes is far from routine. It’s a Russian military barge – in just about the last place you’d expect to see it.

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