The Secret Mission to Tap Soviet Undersea Cables – Operation Ivy Bells

The Secret Mission to Tap Soviet Undersea Cables - Operation Ivy Bells

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Operation Ivy Bells challenged the U.S. Navy to use top of the line technology in order to wiretap underwater communication cables found within the USSR’s territorial waters.

The innovative USS Halibut submarine took divers on a mission so secret that most of the crew involved were not told the truth about what they were doing. The U.S. collected over 10 years of valuable recordings until an American Veteran betrayed his country for $35,000 from the KGB…

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  1. Big fan of the channel and content. Any chance you dial back the narration speed? No problem if not. I adjust the playback speed to 75% with all the vids from this channel.

  2. I can attest that as a Submarine qualified Naval veteran that I had never heard of these missions despite serving 7.5 years active duty. I learned of this after discharge and knew it was true.

  3. I was privileged to work on the Halibut back in the very early seventies. Very cool boat. Had a D S R V fixed to the deck. No one had any idea what missions they were charged with. Navy was as bad ass then as it is today.

  4. Add you don't think some Russians, that grew up under the USSR, want payback for those Cold War activities against them by the USofA?
    Just like WE wanted payback for Vietnam, we helped the mujahideen in Afghanistan against the Soviets in the 1980's. Look at present times, 2021. Just saying

  5. Check out a book and interview of an individual named G.M. Matheny, who claims to have been part of this mission and he goes even farther in depth about operation Ivy bells. Quite interesting.

  6. Man it’s their fault for not paying him enough. And it’s not like many people trust our government anyways. In my opinion it’s even more sneaky than Russia’s govt

  7. Inductive coupling technology was developed by Western Electric Renolda Road Winston Salem North Carolina. My Uncle worked there. Sosus was also developed there as well.

  8. ive always said russia was more bluff than substance. as in this case where they overestimate the capabilities of a missile likely due to leaked information that was curated for just such a purpose.