Saturday, January 12, 2008

Russian Sub's Interior Video Clip

The video is presented as a look at the interior of a real-deal Russian nuclear submarine. While both audio and video quality are meager, the short clip from Russia Today boasts: You normally have to be an enlisted seaman with unquestionable loyalty to see this.

Before watching the YouTube below (h/t The Sub Report), let me remind you to be very observant of what little is being shown. I have an oolie for you. I know what some of you must be thinking (depending on when you served): What's an oolie?

If you were not a submariner, don't recall, or still want to know, you can find out what an oolie is here: Naval Terminology, Jargon and Slang FAQ Part 2 - N through Z.

The Oolie: What design difference did you note between this sub and U.S. subs? Be sure to state the elapsed time (shown in the clip itself) at which any observation was made. Torpedomen may have somewhat of an advantage, here, but my guess is that someone will know the reason for a differing design, too.

No need to be embarrased, you can use an anonymous alias like Lt. Mad Dog always does. Here's the Inside a Russian Nuclear Submarine YouTube:

Russian 'nuclear' submarine...

The clip invokes several, more obvious oolies. Examples: Is that cluttered mess really in a nuclear submarine?; What evolution is being shown?; What class of submarine is that?; and for naval information aficionados like the Armchair Admiral, what's the name or hull number of the submarine?

Good luck! Until a later posting about this.



At 13 January, 2008 15:18, Blogger Galrahn said...

I look forward to the analysis.

In my very amateur submarine opinion, I would guess we are looking into either a Delta III or Sierra.

At 14 January, 2008 12:52, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The evolution is cycling the torpedo tube breach doors. Based on the video showing only four torpedo tubes, and based on, that narrows it down to a Delta III or IV still in service. They're the only ones with four bow tubes.

We know they're are bow tubes because they are aligned parallel to eachother. Stern tubes would necessarily have to be angled due to the shaft, and considering the Delta is a two-shafted submarine, the torpedo tubes could not be aligned this way. There are no other clues from the video I could discern.

However, my big concern in all this is how close the Torpedoman's chair is so carelessly swiveling near a hydraulicly operated breach door. An arm or a leg could get crushed if he wasn't paying attention.

As for the clutter, I would expect that from the navy of other countries. I've been on a couple brit boats, and they were filthy.

At 14 January, 2008 20:14, Blogger Vigilis said...

Galrahn and SonarMan, thank you for your comments.

Updating post planned for Friday evening, based upon additional input currently outstanding.

At 15 January, 2008 08:36, Blogger Galrahn said...

BTW, I have that other info, while I am not certain, if that video is new it is almost certainly the K-44 Ryazan, which was at sea in late 2007 following a modernization.

At 15 January, 2008 10:13, Blogger Vigilis said...

Amazing that an SSBN would be filmed in such chaotic condition. Suspect video may come from the shipyard during preparation for decommissioning of the ill-fated Borisoglebsk, or as you believe conversion of K-44 Ryazan. Either way, our friend SonarMan seems correct about a Delta III. Since 'Russsian Times' has not responded to requests for identification, this is tentatively a best fit answer. Congrats!


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