- Feb 8, 2007
- Land of Swine and Maple Syrup
Very interesting insight into how far the Soviet Union was willing to go to keep their secrets exactly that. ;)
Soviet Underground Submarine Base
Until the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 Balaklava was one of the most
secret towns in Russia. 10km south eas of Sevastopol on the Black Sea Coast,
this small town was the home to a Nuclear Submarine Base.
Almost the entire population of Balaklava at the time worked at the Base, even
family members could not visit the town of Balaklava without good reason and
identification. 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, and now you can go on Guided tours round the Cannel System,
Base and small Museum, which is now housed in the old weapons stowage
hangers deep inside the hillside.
More pictures found here.