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Russia’s Secret Submarine Base

Balaklava Bay, Crimea

Entrance tunnel to old Soviet submarine base.

Russia’s Secret Submarine Base During the height of the Cold War Joseph Stalin, Russia’s leader wanted a retaliatory strike base. Moreover, one that could also house a portion of the population as well during a major nuclear winter.

In addition, the Russians built the base into the Tavros mountain to be a heavily fortified structure able to withstand a nuclear blast.

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In fact, over 100,000 tons of rock ended up being removed from the mountain over 12 years to make this secret base.

Beautiful view of the Black Sea and Balaklava Bay. Panorama view to city, ships and port

In addition, supplies were ferried at night on barges so that US spy planes wouldn’t capture their activity.

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Furthermore, Balaklava Bay is a protected piece of sea from the open ocean and is also not visible.

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Lastly, its location makes perfect sense for a Russian installation.

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As a result to its close proximity with the major Russian Naval base Sevastopol.

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Old Soviet submarine pen

Submarines could come and go from the base in the cover of darkness without American spy planes able to keep track of their comings and goings.

Model submarine of Project 613, Balaklava Naval Museum

However, in 1993 when the Soviet Union collapsed, the base became abandoned.

Local looters removed everything of value. Eventually in 2003 the structure was turned into a museum for the navy.

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Thanks to the work of former sailors and officers who wanted to see the special base preserved for future generations.

In conclusion, the base is now one of the coolest naval museums on the planet!

Mine cars, Balaklava Naval Museum
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