The USS Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. DD-850 was mostly an anti-submarine destroyer and armed with the latest homing torpedoes of its day. We could deliver torpedoes by traditional launch tubes, via a drone helicopter, or by rocket launcher. Until recently I had never considered that we may have been armed with nuclear warheads. Talking with fellow JPK sailors we got to discussing the ASROC (anti-submarine rocket) delivery system.
One of the former missile specialists said he was glad we never had to use our weapons, “especially the special ones.” I asked if that meant we could assume the JPK had a nuclear option? His, and another shipmate, replied that such would be a valid assumption.
Sometime in the 80s we learned that some Soviet submarines operating in the Caribbean during the Cuban Missile Crisis were carrying nuclear warheads. Now I learn that we were as well. It has been said the world was never closer to nuclear holocaust as in 1962. The supporting evidence for that claim just got stronger.