The launch of the B-59′s nuclear torpedo required the consent of all three senior officers aboard. Arkhipov was alone in refusing permission.
Thank you Vasili Arkhipov, the man who stopped nuclear war Fifty years ago, Arkhipov, a senior officer on the Soviet B-59 submarine, refused permission to launch its nuclear torpedo Edward Wilson guardian.co.uk, 27 October 2012 If you were born before 27 October 1962, Vasili Alexandrovich Arkhipov saved your life. It was the most dangerous day in history. An American spy plane had been shot down over Cuba while another U2 had got lost and strayed into Soviet airspace. As these dramas ratcheted tensions beyond breaking point, an American destroyer, the USS Beale, began to drop depth charges on the B-59, a Soviet submarine armed with a nuclear weapon.
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