Soviet Foxtrot Submarine "Scorpion"

At The Queen Mary

Long Beach, California

visited May, 2001

Project 641, Soviet class (b-427)

The Foxtrot (NATO designation - Soviet designation was Project 641) class of submarine was built between 1958 and 1984. The submarine on display here (builder's hull number 427) was built in 1972 and decommissioned in 1994. Walking through this boat, which was built during the Cold War to attack U.S. and NATO interests, is a unique opportunity to relive those dangerous days when magazines regularly printed maps and charts of relative NATO and Warsaw Pact force strengths. If you didn't know the history of the boat, you could almost believe you were in a modernized American World War II fleet submarine. However, those boats never carried nuclear-tipped torpedoes - this one did.

You can tour the submarine as part of a package deal at the Queen Mary in Long Beach. The Queen Mary is also a functioning hotel with first-class staterooms available. While the liner is an interesting visit in its own right, it doesn't have the same thrill you get when you step on board a foreign (enemy!) warship.

The Photos

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scorp00.jpg (57972 bytes) scorp01.jpg (39034 bytes) scorp02.jpg (39410 bytes) scorp03.jpg (84666 bytes) scorp04.jpg (67956 bytes) scorp05.jpg (61780 bytes)

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scorp12.jpg (65738 bytes) scorp13.jpg (81199 bytes) scorp14.jpg (57916 bytes) scorp15.jpg (83725 bytes) scorp16.jpg (35820 bytes) scorp17.jpg (66597 bytes)

scorp18.jpg (56324 bytes) scorp19.jpg (49864 bytes) scorp20.jpg (61650 bytes) scorp21.jpg (60362 bytes) scorp22.jpg (74305 bytes) scorp23.jpg (69199 bytes)

scorp24.jpg (52837 bytes) scorp25.jpg (80988 bytes) scorp26.jpg (74702 bytes) scorp27.jpg (77704 bytes) scorp28.jpg (82776 bytes)

scorp29.jpg (36794 bytes) scorp30.jpg (59469 bytes) scorp31.jpg (61804 bytes)

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