Russian Military Outposts
Abandoned Underground Submarine Base
Balaklava, Ukraine
Posted on February 29, 2008

It was a big underground submarine base and docks once in USSR. After the Soviet Union collapsed and Russian army left Ukraine it was partly abandoned and some of its parts was converted into a museum later.

This is a general view of Balaklava Bay, the Black Sea. Under this mountain in the middle there is an armoury, a channel, and a service, repair and equipment base for submarines. It had been built since 1957 until 1961 by military men, who were later accompanied by specialists in underground construction. It is also an anti-radiation shelter for 3000 people. The maximum width of the rocky ground is 126 meters. The channel has a length of 505 meters, a width of 6-8.5 meters and a depth of 6-8.5 meters.

The base became abandoned in 1995 and in 2003 they opened a museum there, where they show the armoury and the channel, but the access to mines, torpedoes and the service, repair and equipment base remain closed for regular viewers.

Through this exit portal submarines get into the Black Sea.

Many years ago, submarines went from there to be on duty.

The channel starts here.

Many years ago, submarines went from there to be on duty.

A portal in the bay.

Next to the yellow thing there is an entrance to the armoury, the administration.

An entry portal connecting the channel and the bay.

In this picture you see an entrance portal for submarines, an entrance to the base and mines and torpedoes compartment.

When a submarine was about to enter, the floating bridge would turn sideways.

This gun has nothing to do with the base. It belongs to the exposition of the armed forces of Ukraine.

The entrance portal. On the right you can see the entrance to the base and the mines and torpedoes compartment.

This is a 120-ton floating dam.

A passage leading to the Black Sea.

The passage connecting the channel and the bay.

On the left there is the dock.

The channel. Behind the left wall there is the base, an additional command post of Black Sea navy, etc.

The 'dry dock'.

A stair-case from Half-Life.

The channel. On the right you see what used to be a dry dock.

A dock entrance.

The armoury. Here they used to store nuclear weapons. The doors in the foreground have a weight of 16 tons each.

In this compartment they stored regular weaponry.

This exposition has little to do with the undersea fleet.

This periscope is still in operating condition.

Here they would assemble nuclear (and other) torpedoes or rockets.

One of the armoury's compartments.

In the background there is a storage, on the right you see an exit, on the left - the tunnel to the channel.
This trolley was used for carrying ammunition, repair packings and even nuclear bombs.

This is a tambour between the protection door and the floating dam. On each of the two sides there are door operators.

This  protection door has the same function as the bending.

Here they stored nuclear weapons.

They used this passage for transporting weapons  to load them on the submarine.
One of the functions of this bending was to take up shock waves.

SOURCE: ENGLISH RUSSIA - February 29, 2008
UPDATE: ENGLISH RUSSIA - November 5, 2011

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