Crimea. Military Unit X. Balaklava. Secret Object 825 GTS.

Crimea. Military Unit X. Balaklava. Secret Object 825 GTS.

Turn came to Balaklava, it is a village in the outskirts of Sevastopol on the shore of the picturesque bay of the same name. For a long time this town wasn’t on the maps of the Crimea, and all because of the fact that secret facility under the code “825 GTK” was here. We’ll talk about it. Object 825 GTS – it is a complex of underground structures for shelter and repair of submarines. In Soviet times there was a possibility to combine the seemingly incompatible, underground complexes and submarines.

For reading and understanding convenience, I will place a scheme of this object; a red dotted line is a tour route. In 1954 this secret project was developed, and in 1961 the building was completed. The length of internal navigable canal was 600 meters, and inside there is a 100 meter dry dock for repair of small and medium diesel submarines. Also, the complex includes all the necessary operating and support units required for the repair and maintenance of autonomous submarines.

Crimea. Military Unit X. Balaklava. Secret Object 825 GTS.

Outside the facility is only spit out by a northern entrance portal and the south portal from on the opposite side of the cliff. But in Soviet times, it was carefully masked. (Entrance is in the center of the frame)

Crimea. Military Unit X. Balaklava. Secret Object 825 GTS.

Along the mountain goes road so that submarine can go into the base, there is also a pontoon drawbridge. If necessary, it was flooded and discharged in the direction of opening to the entrance to the channel. The picture was taken from this bridge. In front of us there is a northern entrance, it was also closed by the southern multi-ton gates, isolating an object from external influences.

Crimea. Military Unit X. Balaklava. Secret Object 825 GTS.

Behind the secret portal fishermen go fishing.

Crimea. Military Unit X. Balaklava. Secret Object 825 GTS.

The first hall is with the entrance portal, on the wall there is a scheme of underground constructions of Sevastopol. The city is packed with various military infrastructure.

Crimea. Military Unit X. Balaklava. Secret Object 825 GTS.

Work was carried out with blasthole-explosive method, then a wooden formwork was installed, fittings were laid and M300 concrete was poured. The wall thickness is 1.5 to 3 meters.

Crimea. Military Unit X. Balaklava. Secret Object 825 GTS.

Safety gate to the torpedo part.

Crimea. Military Unit X. Balaklava. Secret Object 825 GTS.

Photo of Balaklava in the 70s.

Crimea. Military Unit X. Balaklava. Secret Object 825 GTS.

Tunnel from the torpedo parts to the dock platform.

Crimea. Military Unit X. Balaklava. Secret Object 825 GTS.

Crimea. Military Unit X. Balaklava. Secret Object 825 GTS.

They went on dock platform. In front of us there is a dry dock.

Crimea. Military Unit X. Balaklava. Secret Object 825 GTS.

The layout of the submarine.

Crimea. Military Unit X. Balaklava. Secret Object 825 GTS.

Crimea. Military Unit X. Balaklava. Secret Object 825 GTS.

The main channel of the complex, at the same time it could accommodate up to 7 submarines. At the end of the tunnel there is the light of the north entrance.

Crimea. Military Unit X. Balaklava. Secret Object 825 GTS.

View on the main channel in the direction to the southern entrance. On the right there is a dock platform, along the canal placed the battery, welding and metalwork areas and warehouses.

Crimea. Military Unit X. Balaklava. Secret Object 825 GTS.

One of the exhibits – midget submarine “Triton – 1M”.

Crimea. Military Unit X. Balaklava. Secret Object 825 GTS.

The crew consists of two people, intended for shipping of latent sea intelligence and sabotage groups.

Crimea. Military Unit X. Balaklava. Secret Object 825 GTS.

Artifact. With syrup 3 kopecks., without syrup 1 cop.

Crimea. Military Unit X. Balaklava. Secret Object 825 GTS.

There are tours to the project on boats, but my advice to those who would be there, to go to the regular tour, because on the boat you won’t see anything except the main channel. After the boat there can be seen a double-throw bridge, to go from one side of the channel to the other.

Crimea. Military Unit X. Balaklava. Secret Object 825 GTS.

As we crossed the bridge, we move further to the opposite “shore” of the channel …

Crimea. Military Unit X. Balaklava. Secret Object 825 GTS.

Here is the entrance to the dry dock, located parallel to the main channel.

Crimea. Military Unit X. Balaklava. Secret Object 825 GTS.

The door to the “nuclear cellar”, a complex is protected from a direct hit of a nuclear warhead with capacity up to 100 kilotons.

Crimea. Military Unit X. Balaklava. Secret Object 825 GTS.

The engine and gearbox of door opening drive.

Crimea. Military Unit X. Balaklava. Secret Object 825 GTS.

Local area of object 820 RTB (nuclear arsenal), on the right is the entry to the storage of nuclear and thermonuclear weapons; on the left is the shop of routine maintenance of nuclear munitions.

Crimea. Military Unit X. Balaklava. Secret Object 825 GTS.

Crimea. Military Unit X. Balaklava. Secret Object 825 GTS.

Cabinet-safe for storage of control isotopes needed for inspection and assembly of special products.

Crimea. Military Unit X. Balaklava. Secret Object 825 GTS.

In the special products assembly shop, there is a small exhibition about the history of the submarine fleet.

Crimea. Military Unit X. Balaklava. Secret Object 825 GTS.

Fragment of submarine’s post.

Crimea. Military Unit X. Balaklava. Secret Object 825 GTS.

Crimea. Military Unit X. Balaklava. Secret Object 825 GTS.

The developed system of rail tracks. Just beyond the rocket there is the entrance gate to the warehouse of nuclear warheads.

Crimea. Military Unit X. Balaklava. Secret Object 825 GTS.

We are moving towards the exit from the arsenal.

Crimea. Military Unit X. Balaklava. Secret Object 825 GTS.

In the complex there was a complex system of autonomous existence, and in the “nuclear arsenal” there was also a rigorous climate. To make it easier, in addition to the huge entrance gate, there were special workaround entrances and exits for the staff. On the photo there is one of these doors.

Crimea. Military Unit X. Balaklava. Secret Object 825 GTS.

In front of us there is entrance and exit into a nuclear arsenal, during the operation of the facility, it was used as a house. The frame of the structure could be seen over the gate.

Crimea. Military Unit X. Balaklava. Secret Object 825 GTS.

In the courtyard there are the future museum exhibits. The museum was created recently and the exhibition is in the formative stage. As for the object, in the early 90s it was abandoned and was not guarded. During the years of “stagnation” it was completely looted, there were only bare walls, and part of the gate, which due to their weight and size were too tough for looters.

Crimea. Military Unit X. Balaklava. Secret Object 825 GTS.

We go to the waterfront.

Crimea. Military Unit X. Balaklava. Secret Object 825 GTS.

Where we once again are covered with the hot spa vanity.

Crimea. Military Unit X. Balaklava. Secret Object 825 GTS.

Thank you for attention.

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5 thoughts on “Crimea. Military Unit X. Balaklava. Secret Object 825 GTS.”

  1. Is that a huge tunnel or a very small submarine? lol
    I wonder if any of the nuclear countries have set aside a few h bombs that are just as last resort to have timers set to go off years after?

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