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A Cold War relic
After the wall fell Russia’s navy budget was dramatically cut. In an effort to raise funds to support continued operations, the need for creative financing saw non-nuclear submarines like U-434 sold to the highest bidders. And so many Russian fleets subs ended up being tourist attractions.
Visitors to Hamburg can now tour this relic of the Cold War, and see a lot of what all the NATO fuss was about. Submarine B-515, now renamed U-434, was build at the Krasnoe Sormovo shipyard in Gorki in 1976. The Tango Class sub spent most of its service life servinv in the North Sea Fleet until 2002, when it was decommissioned.