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Submarine (U475) on the River Medway at Rochester, Kent UK by Frank Johnston - whatpics.co.uk

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Frank Johnston - whatpics.co.uk Frank Johnston - whatpics.co.uk
Explore score
1.08 Gigapixels
Date added
Mar 14, 2014
Date taken
Mar 13, 2014
architectural, cityscapes, landscape, travel

The "Black Widow" ex Russian Foxtrot B-39 (U 475) Hunter Killer Class Submarine is currently moored in the River Medway off Strood near Rochester. It was built in 1967 and prowled the Oceans untill 1994. The submarine was used to train mainly Libyan, Cuban, and Indian submariners and spent it’s time playing cat and mouse with NATO. When it was fully armed it could hold 22 Torpedo's including 2 with low yield nuclear warheads.
After it's 27 years active service ended the Submarine arrived in London form the Naval Base in Riga,under command of its Captain Vitalij Burda who had commanded the ship for 23 years. It stayed at Long's Wharf at the Thames Barrier and was opened as a Museum untill 1998. Then it was moved to Folkstone and again opened untill 2004. After that it was moved to the River Medway and is waiting to be re-homed and renovated. the Submarine is now listing to one side and has a hole in it.
source www.medwaylines.com Will open in a new tab or window/
Details: 64 - 6000 x 4000 images taken at 250mm
Nikon D7100 70-300 lens - f/ll - 1/320 sec - ISO 160

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