Soviet nuclear submarine base, Balaklava

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

The harbour city of Balaklava is a part of Sevastopol, and home to a retired Soviet nuclear submarine base.

At one point, everyone in the city worked at the heavily fortified facility. A few years after the collapse of the
Soviet Union in 1991, the base was shut down and later opened to the public.

Carved under a mountain, the long tunnels were able to house a half dozen or so submarines
(depending on the size) and large rooms for warheads and torpedoes.

Now they’re filled with bits of memorabilia, scale models, and other fragments of soviet history.

Sign from the submarine base reads:  ‎”Don’t say everything you know, but always know what you say!”

 

Various and awesome patches

Caution: Mind the corner

Todd

Temo

Mike

Dan

Roy

The Black Sea

The bus ride

The Dragon’s Head