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Navy Hunts Mystery Sub Sighted Off Florida Shore

       MIAMI, Feb. 16 (AP) -- The Coast Guard sighted an unidentified submarine only 30 miles from the Air Force's huge guided missile center at Cocoa, Fla., today. The Navy threw an anti-submarine squadron into a search for the mystery vessel.    
       The Coast Guard said one of its cutters sighted the submarine about 10 miles off Fort Pierce on the Florida east coast. The submarine submerged when a 30-foot Coast Guard boat approached within a mile of it, the officer said.          
       The submarine was first seen around 5 a. m., the Coast Guard said. Officers noted a "red glow" in its conning tower and a light in the superstructure. 
       An officer at the Jacksonville Naval Air Station said the Navy had sent an anti-submarine squadron into a search for the sub. But he would not reveal the number of planes engaged.           
       The Navy spokesman also said he did not believe it was known if the submarine had been identified as friendly or hostile.           
       "We have three squadrons available to carry out such missions," the spokesman said. "But I don't feel free to release information concerning the num­ber of planes we're using nor the extent of the area being covered."                                                                                                     
This reference: Wilmington Morning News, Wilmington, Delaware, Thursday, February 17, 1955, p. 21, c. 3-5    

UFOCAT PRN – NONE           

North America – United States, Florida, Brevard. Body of water is the Atlantic Ocean.

Cocoa                          Latitude 28-23-10 N, Longitude 80-44-31 W (D-M-S)

Reference: http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnispublic.

Fort Pierce                   Latitude 27-27 N, Longitude 80-20 W (D-M)

Jacksonville (Beach)     Latitude 30-18 N, Longitude 81-24 W

Reference: The National Gazetteer of the United States of America, prepared by the U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the U.S. Board on Geographic Names, Washington, D.C., 1990   


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