Photos Balaklava submarine base
Photos Balaklava submarine base

Photos - Balaklava submarine base

Comtourist was on the Crimea in 2006 and we had heard of a secret submarine base in Balaklava, a seaside town close to Sevastopol. So we took a taxi from Sevastopol and headed for the town that was once one of the most secret locations of the Soviet Union. The base deep in the Balaklava mountains was used to repair and equip submarines of the Soviet Baltic Fleet. It is now open for visitors and has a small museum deep inside the complex.

A large curved water tunnel has its entrance and exit in different parts of the bay. Many other tunnels are used to transport munition and other supplies to the submarines and house the personnel. We joined a tour trough the base with a Russian speaking guide but most things were self explanative. There is also a museum inside the base with various navy weapons and pictures of the base while it was still used. The tour took approximately an hour and was a great experience. In the Balaklava are some big Ukrainian coast guard vessels based and there are also some Soviet era monuments around town. We did not have time to see the battlefields of the Crimean war or the Genoese fortress Cembalo on Mount Castron

Balaklava - Submarine base entrance

Entrance of the Soviet secret submarine base in Balaklava

Balaklava - Submarine base gate

Submarine base gate decorated with a compass and submarine

Balaklava - Submarine base gate

Gate decorated with an anchor leading in the submarine base

Balaklava - Submarine base decoration

Submarine decoration on an outside wall of the submarine base

Balaklava - Submarine base decoration

Sign for the Soviet navy with submarine during world war II

Balaklava - Submarine base water tunnel

Water tunnel where submarines entered the secret complex

Balaklava - Submarine base water tunnel

Dark curved water tunnel inside the Balaklava submarine base

Balaklava - Submarine base water tunnel

Submarine docking area inside the secret submarine base

Balaklava - Submarine base water tunnel

Dry-dock area where submarines can be serviced and repaired

Balaklava - Submarine base water tunnel

Exit of the underground water tunnel leading to the Balaklava Bay

Balaklava - Submarine base tunnel

Concrete tunnel leading to the exit of the secret submarine base

Balaklava - Submarine base tunnel

Entrance to a tunnel inside the Balaklava submarine base

Balaklava - Submarine base tunnel

A long tunnel fortified with concrete slabs inside the complex

Balaklava - Submarine base tunnel

Tunnel with rails to transport munitions to the submarines

Balaklava - Submarine base tunnel

Steel doors to seal of the complex in case of a nuclear attack

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