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10 Sep, 2007 06:53

U.S. hands over files on sunken Soviet sub

The U.S. has handed over to Russia files from a Soviet submarine that sank in mysterious circumstances in the Pacific almost four decades ago. The declassified files were presented to the Pacific Fleet Museum in Vladivostok.

The Soviet submarine K-129 was on  patrolling duty in 1968 with 98 crew members aboard.  

The cause of the sinking has never been determined.

In 1974, as part of a special operation codenamed “Jennifer”, the submarine was recovered by the American Glomar Explorer ship, 750 miles from Hawaii. However, the crew's families were not present at their burial.

A U.S. government spokesman said the materials can help the families solve the puzzle over the deaths of their loved ones.