When he catches and disposes of the spy, he must know that his ship's cover is blown. As if further evidence is needed, two Soviet destroyers chase down the Gray, forcing it to stop. Confronted by the captain of one, Steen learns that the Soviets are aware of his identity:
Steen was started. How in hell did the Russian know who he was? Then he realized the answer was very simple. The destroyer crew had simply tracked the ship’s name and flag through their computer and come up with the registration information – the country of registration (the flag) and the name of the owner.Note to self: In future, do not use real name.
Steen was sure that, because of his high profile as a former U.S. Navy nuclear submarine commander, Soviet intelligence would have a full dossier on him.Hey, that guy I killed an hour ago… Could he have been a Soviet spy?
They would know – and the destroyer captain would know – that he had specialized in the Soviet Union’s research and development of its own Strategic Defense System [sic] during his assignments at the Pentagon, at naval headquarters in Brussels and, finally, as naval attaché at the U.S. embassy in Moscow.Now that I think about it, maybe it would've been better to have had someone less conspicuous lead this mission. Should I abort? Not on your life! I've fooled those Commie bastards with my hidden control panel. Good thing I saw that old Rocky and Bulwinkle Show. Boy, I sure got those Ruskies fooled!
The man is an idiot; every bit the dim bulb as chatty Lieutenant Commander Mike Doyle.
It’s a wonder the Soviets didn’t win the Cold War.