13 Back to the Secret Underground Complex of Balaklava

Back to the Secret Underground Complex of Balaklava

Posted on December 2, 2011 by

You could read about the underground submarine base – atomic shelter in Balaklava Bay in one of our previous articles, but this is a more detailed description supported by historical photos.

So, as you know, the construction was completed in 1963 and after the disintegration of the USSR the complex was passed on to the Ukraine where it had been plundered until they decided to turn it into a museum. In the picture you see its plan.

The complex contained from 7 to 9 submarines (depending on their size) and 300 members of the crew. It could also stand a 100-kiloton nuclear explosion.

The base consisted of a 600-meter long channel, a dry dock and working areas (storages, a metal workshop, etc.). The entrance to the channel and its exit were protected with special 120-ton and 150-ton gates.

Here they also assembled and stored ammunition (including nuclear). It had a soundproof system and climate and humidity control system.

Its fuel storage contained 9.5 thousand tons of fuel (mostly diesel). This part of the base is closed for visitors.

The walls are concrete and 1.5 meters thick. The maximum width of the rocky ground is 126 meters. The whole complex presents a system of independent underground constructions and passages connecting them, which are mostly bent to take up nuclear explosion shock waves.

Submarines entered the complex only at night to ensure secrecy. Besides, the entrance was camouflaged with a net which imitated the color of the rocks.

About 150 military men served at the base and all of them made a signed statement of non-disclosure.

The complex was equipped with a self-destruction system in case it was captured by an emeny.

As the time went by, new Soviet submarine models were not able to enter the complex and old ones were discarded.


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13 Responses to “Back to the Secret Underground Complex of Balaklava”

  1. Terry says:

    Totally awesome picture! I seen this base on a documentary, would love to actually have a house like that, ha ha. Seriously though, very cool pics, thanks for sharing.

    • Testicules says:

      I think this place should be redeveloped into a tourist center with hotels, shopping and dining.It lacks a lot as a museum. The local economy would benefit more from tourists. That might make up for the decades of poisoning of the local waters that happened with the Soviet Navy occupying the space. Hopefully there is no long lasting ecological damage.

  2. 山下智久 says:

    i like this website,Who can tell me the website is which country? Thank you very much!

  3. Mercal says:

    Russia is Russia all they spend their time on is weapons making.

    I wonder how many ‘enemies of the state’ died during the building of this base?

    Russia is equal to the USSR, the same ole people are pulling the strings with a glove on a iron fist.

    • ayaa says:

      Look who’s talking. Assuming you are American, who do you think spends half a trillion dollars on its military? Not us.

      Get a life, or better yet, get an education first.

  4. Mercal says:

    Russia => USSR

  5. Mercal says:

    Lenin/Stalin/Mao mass murderers on a global scale.

  6. ayaa says:

    Maybe it’s just me. But whenever I read any one of [Mercal]‘s comments, I’m reminded of a certain [Miss India], or more recently, [bigaussieboris].

    Any other ER veterans who feel the same way?

    • geoff says:

      Miss India (“oh Russia is so third world”) and big mouth bigaussieboris (“where is Spetenaz”) were not as bad as Mercal, maybe boris was close.

      • ayaa says:

        Lol. And it turned out none of them had anything to do with India and Australia respectively.

        If I’m ryt, [Miss India] was from Finland or someplace, while [bigaussieboris] was somewhere from ex-Yugoslavia. Any guesses to where [Mercal] is really from.

    • javox says:

      i remember readin about miss inda was ill, like cancer or somethin like that, dunno if she make through

  7. motsomi says:

    The website is full of useful information and awesome pictures.

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