Latitude: 44° 29' 57" N Longitude: 33° 35' 44" E
Area use / Military Branches: Decommisioned submarine base
Former Soviet submarine base Balaklava was excavated inside the mountain and housed 9 - 12 submarines, logistical and technical facilities that were operational until 1993. The base was virtually indestructible and designed to survive a direct nuclear detonation. Balaklava was one of the most secret areas in the Soviet Union. Almost the entire population of Balaklava worked at the base! The base remained operational after the collapse of the Soviet Union until 1993. Then decommissioning procedures started and warheads and low-yield torpedoes were removed. In 1996 the last Russian submarine left the base. Currently the base is a museum and open to public.
Video inside: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ylag1L_p48I&gl=GB
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