Cold War Scorpion - The Russian Attack Submarine in Los Angeles Waters
In last week's issue, Our Man in Paris, Ric Erickson, editor of MetropoleParis, told us of the odd Russian submarine in the middle of Paris, with pictures and everything. It was just sitting in the round pond at the Tuileries gardens - really.
Every major city should have a Russian submarine. In Long Beach, docked next to the actual Queen Mary, there's our Russian submarine - Russian Attack Submarine 'Scorpion' b-427 - and it's real too (to the right, the aft torpedo room) -
- Russian Designator: Project 641
- NATO Designator: Foxtrot-Class
- Manufacturer's Number: b-427
- Built: 1972
- 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.