Russian Foxtrot Submarine (San Diego, CA)

Along the San Diego harbor area is a museum of sorts that hosts five different ships for touring.  One of the ships is an old Russian Foxtrot submarine, as seen in the photos below.  Other ships I toured and photographed are the Star of India and the Surprise.  All photos were taken by the webmaster on October 22, 2007.

A board outside near the sub, which briefly explains the background and history behind the Russian Foxtrot-class submarines.
  Looking forward (towards the front of the sub) and down an access ladder (i.e. stairway down into the sub).
  The torpedo tubes.  Six tubes that could fire 2-ton torpedoes that were also nuclear-capable.
  A board showing the various types of submarines that Soviet Union had in use during the late 1970s and early 1980s.  Some of the designs dated from the 1940s.  A close-up of the right-side image and the left-side narrative are also available.
This blurry view through glass shows the Captain's stateroom.  The Captain was the only individual with a private stateroom onboard.  Even the "Political Officer" (see below) shared his stateroom with another.
This was the sonar room.  The Foxtrot had both active and passive sonar systems installed in order to detect obstacles to underwater movement as well as to detect and locate nearby ships or other submarines.  A close-up view of the description board is also available.
This small wardroom (where the officers ate) also doubled as the medical examination room.
This bunkroom was where the "Political Officer" slept.  The Political Officer's job was to ensure the devotion of the crew to the Soviet Union.  None of the Western navies (including the U.S.) had an equivalent position.
As an illustrative example, the navigation plot table had this old topographic map of central San Diego posted.
The sub's periscope.  Visitors could actually look out into San Diego harbor towards North Island from the viewport.
A board detailing the rather dismal toilet and shower facilities onboard the Foxtrot.  A total of 3 toilets and showers with limited water capacity, for 78 men.
The sub's engineering control station.
Looking at one of the three diesel engines that powered the boat.

Three sleeping bunks located in an aft compartment.  There were not enough bunks to cover the entire crew, so crewmembers were forced to "hot-rack", where while one person was on duty, another was sleeping.  Many U.S. submarines have a similar situation.

One of the three toilets onboard.
More bunks plus additional torpedo tubs in the aft torpedo room.
Back topside, looking forward at the mast and conning tower.
Looking at the bow (front part of the ship) and the retractable bow planes.

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