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The Scorpion Submarine

Descend into the once forbidden confines of this genuine, “Cold War Warrior.” Explore the torpedo rooms, the cramped crew quarters and the wide array of various valves, pipes and wires that made up this combat sub.

Completely authentic, accurate and unchanged since the Cold War days, the Scorpion submarine gives guests the rare opportunity to get a first-hand glimpse of what life was like aboard a Russian submarine.

TICKET INFORMATION:

General Admission: $14
*Child (4-11): $12
Hours: Open Daily 10AM - 6PM
(Also available as part of the First-Class Passport - Haunted or Historical)
*Must be at least 48-inches to board submarine.
Groups of 15 or more - call (562) 499-1623 for discounted group rates.
Please note:
Due to the historic nature of the vessel, not all area are easily accessible by guests with mobility issues.

FILMING/SPECIAL EVENTS:

The Russian Scorpion b-427 is a one of a kind venue for special events such as parties, meetings, Military Re-Enlistment Ceremonies, or any Naval related activity. Easily accessible from the entire Los Angeles/Orange County metropolitan area the Russian Scorpion b-427 makes a truly unique location to hold your special event. Available on an hourly, evening or daily rate. The Russian Scorpion b-427 has appeared as a Russian, American, German and even a Japanese submarine. It represents a unique and user friendly filming venue not available in any other location. Easily accessible to all Studio and Production Facilities, the Russian Scorpion b-427 is truly a one of a kind filming location and available for single day, nighttime or multiple day shooting schedules. To learn more about filming opportunities, contact:

Eleni Manukailea, Special Events Manager
Phone: (562) 499-1659
E-Mail: Eleni.Manukailea@queenmary.com

HISTORY:

Enter the submarine formerly classified as the "terror of the deep" and explore all the once top-secret places and marvel at the miles of wire, piping and complex array of valves that make up the veins and arteries of a combat submarine. See how life on board this “Podvodnaya Lodka” (Russian for Submarine) was lived as she "drilled holes in the ocean" performing her assigned duties and top secret missions.

The Soviet designated "Project 641" Diesel Electric Attack Submarine, known to NATO as the Foxtrot Class, was one of the most successful class of submarine ever in service to the Soviet Navy. Seventy-nine Foxtrot's were constructed by the Soviet Union, the second largest class of submarines ever built by them, and the b-427, code named "Scorpion," was one of their best!

Built at the Sudomekh Shipyards just outside of Leningrad, now once more called St. Petersberg, the keel for Podvodnaya Lodka (submarine) b-427 was laid down in 1971. She was completed and commissioned into the Soviet Navy in 1972. At that time, "Scorpion" was fitted with all the latest developments in engines, sonar, radar and weaponry. She was indeed, "state of art" and truly the pride of the Soviet Navy's undersea fleet!

Assigned to the headquarters of the powerful Soviet Pacific Fleet based in Vladivostok and manned by a full compliment of 56 sailors, 10 midshipmen and 12 officers, "Scorpion" sailed out on its maiden voyage into the North Sea where she then turned south for her secret journey down the coast of Europe and Africa, rounding the Cape of Good Hope and then into the Indian Ocean. From there she sailed up the coast of Vietnam, then patrolled by the U.S. Navy, through the Sea of Japan and finally to her new home port, Vladivostok.

For the next 22 years, the missions undertaken by "Scorpion" are shrouded in secrecy and remain so to this day, still classified TOP SECRET by the new Navy of the Russian Federation. As one of the quietest submarines in the Soviet fleet, it is known that Foxtrot's were extensively used for surveillance of United States Navy Battle Groups as well as electronic surveillance of all types.

Although intrusions into North American territorial waters was officially forbidden, we do know that both sides in the Cold War considered submarines as the perfect espionage tool and rumors of such incursions persist to this very day.

We also know that the Vladivostok Submarine Squadron was regularly tasked with patrol of the Indian Ocean, the Arctic Ocean, the Sea of Japan and the Pacific Ocean as far east as North American territorial waters. After the end of the conflict in Vietnam, elements of the Soviet Pacific Submarine Fleet were also assigned to a new base in Vietnam and it is likely that "Scorpion" spent some time on assignment there as well.

It is a real tribute to the submarine forces of both sides in the Cold War that despite their dangerous proximity to each other for over 40 years, neither side actually fired a shot in anger. With the collapse of the Soviet Union, the ability and need for the Russian Federation to field the world’s largest fleet of submarines vanished. In 1994, "Scorpion" was decommissioned and ended her 22 year career as a Cold War Warrior, replaced by the next generation of Russian Diesel Attack Submarines, known by NATO as the Kilo Class.

In 1995, after negotiations, "Scorpion" was purchased by a group of private businessmen and with the help of the Russian Navy was transported to Sydney Australia for display at The National Maritime Museum and three years later to Long Beach, California where she now proudly stands as a monument to all the brave submarine crews of all sides in the Cold War who went to sea in "Sharks of Steel" and served their countries with honor.

Authentic Russian Cold War Submarine - Quick Facts
Built: 1972
Russian Designator: Project 641
NATO Designator: Foxtrot-Class
Manufacturer's Number: b-427
Decommissioned: 1994
Length: 299 feet, 6 inches
Beam: 24 feet, 7 inches
Draft: 20 feet
Displacement: 1,952 tons surfaced, 2,475 tons submerged
Built: Sudomekh Shipyard, Leningrad
Construction: 3/8 inch outer light hull comprising ballast tanks. 7/8 inch QT28 Nickel Steel pressure hull.
Complement: 12 officers, 10 midshipmen, 56 seamen
Maximum Diving Depth: 985 feet
Speed: 16 knots surfaced, 15 knots submerged, 9 knots snorkeling
Range: 20,000 miles surfaced at 8 knots 11,000 miles snorkeling 380 miles submerged at 2 knots
Endurance: 3 - 5 days submerged
Propulsion: 3 x Kolomna 2D42M diesel engines, 2,000 hp each. 3 x electric motors; 2 with 1,350 hp and 1 with 2,700 hp. 1 x auxiliary motor with 180 hp. 3 x propeller shafts, each with 6 bladed propellers.
Torpedoes: 22 maximum
Radar: Surface search: Snoop Tray; I band.
Sonar: Herkules medium-frequency active/passive. Feniks passive search/attack. funnels and were electrically operated.
Electronic warfare: Stop Light, Radar Warning. Quad Loop Directional Finder.