Shutdown: Ugly Romeo


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This has got to be one of the most, if not the most, ugly submarines that I have ever seen, and I tend to notice things like that. It is the Russian Project 633 class submarine PZS-50, photographed in the southern bay of Sevastopol in 2012 and it belongs to the Russian Navy. The Project 633, a.k.a. NATO Romeo Class submarines were built in the 1950s and based on the German WWII type XXI elektroboot subs. Most of the Romeos had the sleek lines of their German ancestors, but this particular copy has been severely uglified by the grafted-on nose job that it received.

I really don’t know what’s going with the nose on that thing. The Romeos had 6 forward and 2 stern torpedo tubes in the standard configuration, so I don’t think that it’s for 2 more torpedoes, especially since they’d have to be reloaded on the surface. Maybe anti-ship missiles? I don’t know when an effective anti-ship missile that could be launched from a submarine was developed in the USSR. A secret nasal-powered ultra quiet caterpillar drive on a diesel boat maybe?

The last of the Romeos was built in 1961, but I haven’t been able to determine when they went out of service in the USSR/Russia. They don’t use them anymore, and they sold the plans to them to the Chinese, who are still running a modified version of them.

Anyway, the thing is damned ugly.

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