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Cuban missile crisis: The other secret one
BBC News ^ | 13th October 2012 | Joe Matthews

Posted on 10/13/2012 8:09:00 AM PDT by the scotsman

'Contrary to popular belief, the Cuban missile crisis did not end with the agreement between the US and Soviet Union in October, 1962. Unknown to the US at the time, there were 100 other nuclear weapons also in the hands of Cuba, sparking a frantic - and ingenious - Russian mission to recover them.'

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TOPICS: Cuba; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: 1962; coldwar; cuba

1 posted on 10/13/2012 8:09:02 AM PDT by the scotsman
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To: the scotsman
Russian nuclear bombers in Cuba?
July 23, 2008

The media has been abuzz today at the prospect of Russian nuclear bombers being stationed in Cuba if the US goes ahead with plans for missile defense bases in Eastern Europe.

The story has riled the US enough that a US general has been wheeled out to tell the world’s press that any Russian attempt to build another nuclear base in Cuba would cross US “red line”.

The story broke earlier this week, when Russian newspaper Izvestia quoted an un-named source from within the Russian military. He told the Russian daily:

“While they are deploying the missile shield in Poland and the Czech Republic, our strategic bombers will already be landing in Cuba.”

The quote hasn’t been independently confirmed, but the Russian Defense Ministry added fuel to the fire when they refused to comment on the story.

The prospect of Russian nuclear forces being stationed in Cuba - which is, after all, only 90 miles from the US coast - would bring back some rather unpleasant memories for the US of the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, where the Soviet Union under Nikita Kruschev launched an audacious and foolhardy bid to station nuclear missiles on the Caribbean island.

Russia to help Cuba modernize weaponry, train military

September 18, 2009

HAVANA, September 18 (RIA Novosti) - Modernization of the Soviet-made military equipment and training of Cuban military personnel will be the focus of Russian-Cuban military cooperation in the near future, the chief of the Russian General Staff said on Friday. Gen. Nikolai Makarov arrived on a working visit to Cuba on Monday, met with Cuban President Raul Castro and the country's military leadership, and visited a number of military installations.

"During the Soviet era we delivered a large number of military equipment to Cuba, and after all these years most of this weaponry has become obsolete and needs repairs," Makarov said.

"We inspected the condition of this equipment, and outlined the measures to be taken to maintain the defense capability of this country...I think a lot of work needs to be done in this respect, and I hope we will be able to accomplish this task," the general said.

Makarov said the Cuban request for assistance with training of military personnel will also be fully satisfied.

Although the Cuban leadership has repeatedly said it has no intention of resuming military cooperation with Russia after the surprise closure of the Russian electronic listening post in Lourdes in 2001, bilateral military ties seem to have been improving following the visit of Russian Security Council chief Nikolai Patrushev and Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin to Cuba in July last year.

A group of Russian warships, led by the Admiral Chabanenko destroyer visited Cuba in December last year during a Caribbean tour.

2 posted on 10/13/2012 8:19:42 AM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page:
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To: the scotsman

Amazing Cold War history.

3 posted on 10/13/2012 8:21:49 AM PDT by rbmillerjr (Conservative Economic and National Security Commentary:
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To: the scotsman
Growing up in Berkshire, England, through the nuclear paranoia of the 1980s, with Ronald Reagan's Cruise and Pershing missiles stationed only 30 miles away from my family home, I was inculcated with a keen awareness of Cold War brinkmanship.

If I had been living in Berkshire, England at the time, would have been much more concerned about the Soviet SS-4, -5 and -20 missiles that were pointed at me.

4 posted on 10/13/2012 8:23:48 AM PDT by Fiji Hill (Deo Vindice!)
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If I remember reading about Soviet nuclear war doctrine, the main targets for the SS-4, SS-5, and SS-20 missiles based in the Soviet Union all the way to just east of the Ural Mountains and SS-12 missiles based in East Germany and western Czechoslovakia was every NATO air base, commercial international airport and NATO underground command center. The mission was simple: knock out the technically superior NATO air forces so Soviet Frontal Aviation and Long-Range Aviation could attack other targets in western Europe with less opposition in the air.

5 posted on 10/13/2012 8:53:53 AM PDT by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
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To: rbmillerjr
the prospect of Russian nuclear bombers being stationed in Cuba if the US goes ahead with plans for missile defense bases in Eastern Europe

Mitt needs to ask Hussein point blank during the debate to explain this!!!!

6 posted on 10/13/2012 9:01:23 AM PDT by The Sons of Liberty ("Get that evil, foreign, muslim, usurping, gay bastard out of MY White House!" FUBO!)
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To: the scotsman

Warheads were for short range cruise missiles (Soviet
designation FKR, NATO SS-1 Samlet) with yield of 14 kt
Equal to Hiroshima.

Others were for battle field rockets (Soviet LUNA, NATO
Frog-3) with yield of 2 kt.

There were free fall bombs for Soviet IL-28 bombers
(NATO: Beagle) among other things

US intelligence had picked up the longer range missiles
of SS-4/SS-5, but missed the smaller weapons and fact that
nuclear warheads had been deployed for them......

7 posted on 10/13/2012 9:45:44 AM PDT by njslim (St)
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To: The Sons of Liberty
Mitt needs to ask Hussein point blank during the debate to explain this!!!!

And the answer will be a caricature of a Bite-Me glow-in-the-dark grin and the words, "That's just malarkey". Mitt got so much new ammo from Biden's run-on lies and inconsistencies that he should be able to seal the deal this Tuesday.

8 posted on 10/13/2012 9:57:28 AM PDT by trebb ("If a man will not work, he should not eat" From 2 Thes 3)
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To: the scotsman
And the pink-commie liberals still wonder why we don't have a thing to do with Cuba.

9 posted on 10/14/2012 6:13:22 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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