Posted by: Erica Geary | June 19, 2012

Meet the B-39 Soviet Attack Submarine

Russian "Foxtrot" Submarine

B-39 was launched and commissioned in Leningrad, Russia in 1974.  She later operated throughout the Pacific Ocean between 1975 and 1994.

B-39 is a “Foxtrot” class diesel-electric powered attack submarine that shadowed US Navy ships during the Cold War.  It is believed that she stalked many of the US Navy ships that are now harbored in the San Diego Bay!

She carried a crew of 78 that was comprised of: 56 sailors, 10 technical under-officers, and 12 officers.  B-39 could dive to a depth of 985 feet and could endure 3-5 days submerged.  She carried 22 torpedoes.

Torpedo Room

Cruising at a speed of 15 knots submerged or 9 knots snorkeling, she glided smoothly and silently through the water, making her movements difficult to follow.  Of the 79 Foxtrot submarines operating within the Russian Navy, not one was lost in operations.

In 1994 she was purchased by a Canadian entrepreneur after the disintegration of the Soviet Union.  In Canada she became a museum and tourist attraction.

B-39 was leased by the Maritime Museum of San Diego in 2005 and is still a must-see at the museum today!

Come by to see her if you are not too claustrophobic.  There will be some tight spaces but she is definitely worth seeing.  One of our wonderful docents can take you on a tour if you would like more information on her operations and history.

Fair winds,

Erica Geary


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