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4 Crimea: Trip to Underground Submarines Storage, Cold War Object, Now Underground Museum of Submarines

Crimea: Trip to Underground Submarines Storage, Cold War Object, Now Underground Museum of Submarines

Posted on August 3, 2017 by tim


This bay in Crimea is not just nice blue water and yachts. This one has some unprecedented in world history object, top secret sometime ago, and now it’s a museum called “Balaclava” same as the bay called. A museum of submarines.

After the WW2 bot world superpowers USSR and USA were increasing their nuclear potential. Then Stalin ordered to find a place where to hide nuclear missiles carrying submarines. After a few years of search they found this bay and a small town Balaclava. They changed its status to “Top Secret” overnight. They were building the object for the next eight years. Russian blogger Alexei went there and here is his story.

A 150-ton heavy gate was blocking an entrance to the bay. Compressed air was used to move it aside when needed to let in another submarine, or release a submarine for the next deep sea journey.

This object was working for thirty-two years, till 1993, until the USSR fully collapsed. Independent Ukraine called itself nuclear weapons free country and didn’t need this object anymore. So it stayed unguarded from 1993 to 2002 and was actively looted, until the authorities decided to make a museum in 2004.

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4 Responses to “Crimea: Trip to Underground Submarines Storage, Cold War Object, Now Underground Museum of Submarines”

  1. Darkness99 says:

    This place was looted dry, when Crimea became part of Ukraine, now things are different. Good to see that most part of the complex is restored.

    • Alain says:

      The looting ended in 2002, and it is a museum since 2004. So things are not different with Russian occupation. Juste the following of Ukrainian management. With just a little change : now that Russia has annexed Crimea, no more tourists. And those coming (from Russia) are warmly welcomed through high prices, low quality services and carefully hidden welcome presents (like spitting in plates in restaurants).

      Russia go home !

  2. Darkness99 says:

    “carefully hidden welcome presents (like spitting in plates in restaurants).”
    Lol, Russians spitting in plates of other Russians? Why would they do that?

  3. cmc says:

    Yep, you got a point. I guess s/he is upset and frustrated that plans did not work. May be was planning to open a restaurant there before got his/her ass kicked out.

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