It is not very often that one is reminded so manifestly of one's own past, but this is the case with anniversary of Cuban Missile Crisis as marked by RT, including posting the photo of my and others' legendary naval academy superintendent Vasily Alexandrovich Arkhipov in his young officer times--well before he became the Captain 2nd Rank (Commander) and the Chief of Staff of the 69th BRPL (Brigade of Submarines) of the Northern Fleet.
He saved the world from nuclear Armageddon in that capacity. I, as well as thousands of cadets of our naval academy, knew him initially as Rear-Admiral and, later, in 1981 as a Vice-Admiral. He retired very shortly after graduation of our class of 85. This is how we knew him:
This one is taken after our parade march on 7th of November (I believe 1982 or 83) at the main square of Baku. It was always a very nice parade.
It is a strange feeling of "sensing" oneself 40 years later and looking back at one's own life, with all of its crazy turns, and recognizing that you probably wouldn't change a thing, considering a massive geopolitical storm which fell on my and younger generations.
The film closely parallels events that occurred during the Cuban Missile Crisis onboard Soviet submarine B-59, with Denzel Washington's character reflecting Soviet second-in-command Vasily Arkhipov.