A senator asks the new SecNav to obtain a declassification of the story of the loss of a nuclear submarine on a CIA operation in 1968 -- so that the families can finally learn about the loss of their loved ones. The senator is the daughter of the skipper of the boat. The SecNav turns to the JAG, who appoints a quiet and classified court of inquiry. Harm, Mac, and Sturgis serve as counsel to the court. Due to the extremely high classification of the mission, much wrangling takes place between the CIA and the Navy. However, a surprise piece of evidence leads Harm to the explanation of the resistance within the CIA. A satisfactory compromise comes about, the families learn, and Webb gets a new assignment to a nothing job in a nowhere place. Bud and Harriet together reach a high point in his rehab.
Did You Know?
During the Cold War submarines of the USN successfully tapped the undersea telephone cables of the USSR on several occasions in both the Barents and Okhotsk seas. The Soviet Navy captured one of the US devices, and it, complete with its label identifying it as the property of the US government, is still on display in a museum in Moscow. See more
Several orders in the control room of the submarine are absurd and comical. They include:
"Sneak us out of here, CoB". [The CO or other conning officer, not the CoB, gives the specific orders (for the rudder, course, bubble, and depth) to the sailors at the control yokes; the conning officer does not surrender the conn of the boat to the CoB.]
"20-degree down angle on the bow". [An up bubble or a down bubble is completely different from an angle on the bow, which describes the aspect which another ship presents to one's own vessel (measured to port or starboard from the bow of the other vessel to the line of sight).]
A report of "15 knots and climbing", then "steady as you go". [The correct order is "steady as she goes" (not "as you go"), and that order tells a helmsman to steady on whatever heading the ship has at the moment; it has nothing to do with speed.]
"Equalize the ballast tanks" and "neutral buoyancy" (as orders to watchstanding sailors, especially during a crisis, as here, are downright ludicrous. [To save the boat the skipper needed positive buoyancy, not neutral buoyancy, to get the boat back to the surface. Presumably the boat already was in trim and therefore had neutral buoyancy before the emergency began to develop.] See more
Oh, yeah. I think I get it. We can't tell the court why it needs to be declassified because the reason it's classified is classified.
You've got it.