While our two carrier groups conduct the war games near the Spratleys, your mission will be to sneak in and get those answers.”
“Sneak in?” McGraw said without taking his eyes off the photos. “Exactly where am I sneaking, sir?”
“The Bo Hai Bay.”
“The Bo Hai Bay?” McGraw repeated with a surprised look. “That explains the tizzy back at Pearl over the minisub. Are the new batteries good enough to make that long of a trip?”
“No,” Donovan said, acting like it wasn’t a big deal. “The minisub is for localized searches once you get there. I want the Charlotte to enter the bay.”
“You want this boat in that bay?” McGraw said, suddenly lowering the photos and locking his eyes on the vice admiral.
“Don’t give me that ‘I just shit my pants’ look, Larry. We know you can do it. You might not like it, but you can do it.”
“But in those shallow waters, the risk will be—”
“With you in charge, the risk will be minimal. You’re the only captain we trust to do this job.”
“Who’s ‘we’?” McGraw said, arching one eyebrow up with a quizzical look.
“You know damn well who I’m talking about. The president.
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