|February 17th, 2013||#1|
Russian nuclear subs info
First, the underwater missile cruiser "Karelia"
As they approached, first thing the reporters saw at the entrance gangway was an armed crewman
In fact, they said sailors with AKs stood guard at the gangways of every submarine. Tight security is understandable: these subs are dangerous weapons, each carries 16 nuclear-armed ICBMs aboard. No joking matter.
As they move inside, they see the Central Post
Equipment is a mishmash of old and new, as usually is on Russian subs
Only in the Russian Navy, telephones that say on them: "Engaging in secret communications is forbidden"
lol Why it also says "tennis" at the bottom, I have no idea...
Fire suppressing system
Stretcher next to door to the medical room (sick bay)
Crew quarters range from 2-bunk
A crewman shows off his quarters
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|February 17th, 2013||#2|
You can see a portrait of Putin on the wall. A crewman proudly told the journalists Putin had personally sailed with them on this sub a few years back.
Sub's model in the lounge
The other group of journalists went to attack submarine "Pantera"
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|February 17th, 2013||#3|
Interesting new uniform of the submariners. Used to be, they wore same uniforms as regular Navy sailors
apparently not anymore.
|March 25th, 2013||#5|
Russian Submarine fleet is probably the best of its current military forces, in terms of combat readiness. It is the only branch that is entirely free of conscripts: only professionals serve aboard Russian submarines, by contract. My uncle, as I said before, was a submariner in Russia, died on the Kursk back in 2000.
But, a lot of things seem to have changed since then. New subs are being built, whole new classes:
(nuclear missile carrier, 16 ICBMs, here on next to a Typhoon, the class these are supposed to replace)
(fast attack subs)
(also attack subs)
Also, life aboard submarines is more comfortable now. Many larger subs have on-board saunas and swimming pools now!
That's not a hotel, that's underwater nuclear missile cruiser Chelyabinsk
|March 25th, 2013||#6|
And at, for example, Russia's large submarine base, "Kamchatka", they have a fitness center
a billiard/pool room
and an ice arena
where amateur hockey teams made up of crewmen and officers
and even their sons
take each other on, in their spare time.
At the time these pics were taken, the "Ocean" aqua-park and entertainment center for the submariners and their families was still unfinished
it includes aquatic facilities, pools, slides and such
(which, I heard, later became very popular with the children of the base, when were opened up [this album is from 2011]); and a bowling alley
Nice being a submariner in Russia these days... My cousin, the son of the uncle who died on the Kursk is himself serving on a sub now, at that same base, Kamchatka, and has extended his contract. It seems Putin has kept his word. The Fleet is doing well