Friday, April 21, 2006

Secret Soviet Submarine Base

[Image: Via Fun Mansion].

From Fun Mansion: "Until the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 Balaklava was one of the most secret towns in Russia. 10km south east of Sevastopol on the Black Sea Coast, this small town was the home to a Nuclear Submarine Base."

[Images: All images via Fun Mansion].

"The base remained operational after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 until 1993 when the decommissioning process started and the warheads and low yield torpedos were removed. Then in 1996 the last Russian Submarine left the Base."
Apparently, there are now guided tours.

[Image: Via Fun Mansion].

(Originally spotted at Defense Tech; this post simultaneously published on BLDGBLOG; see also this LiveJournal blog – though it's in Russian).).


Blogger Unknown said...

Very cool. Reminds me of the old unreal tournament submarine base map, "Stalwart" was it? The vibe reminds me of the interior of that Russian Foxtrot Sub moored next to the Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA.

The aesthetic of the base is another kind of relic. Those muted mint greens, the institutional beige machinery place it so firmly in a historical context. Of course, as an American I associate with some long distant time and not the late 80's.

12:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Proper credits should go to these ppl (and much more photos there)
(shame to those who doesnt give credits!)

1:08 PM  
Blogger Bryan Finoki said...

It' so undeniably a video game level resemblance of itself, i feel like i have already combed this place a million times. strange. there's a bazooka on top of that ledge over there, and wathc out for the guards on patrol on the upper deck. you have to sneak into the sub and find a uniform for disguise.
God, what if in some crazy simulated way, i have already been there?

10:28 PM  

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