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Submarine fleet of the Russian Empire

In Soviet times, the myth that Russia (the Russian Empire) before 1917 was a backward peasant country without a strong industry and technology became widespread. However, the situation was not so straightforward, and here is one example.

March 19, 1906, by the decree of Emperor Nicholas II, the Navy of the Russian Empire received a new kind of force – military submarines. By 1916, the Russian Navy had 55 submarines.

Submarine of “AG” class on one of the stocks of the Baltic plant

Submarine fleet of the Russian Empire, photo 1

They were actively used in the World War I but without much success and it is no wonder because it was just the beginning of new type of fighting – underwater warfare.

This day (March 19) is celebrated in present Russia as a professional holiday – the Day of the Submariner. Photos source: humus

Submarine “Dolphin” (1904)

Submarine fleet of the Russian Empire, photo 2

Submarine fleet of the Russian Empire, photo 3

Submarine “Akula” (“Shark”)

Submarine fleet of the Russian Empire, photo 4

Submarine fleet of the Russian Empire, photo 5

Submarine “Lvitsa” (“Lioness”)

Submarine fleet of the Russian Empire, photo 6

“AG” class submarine

Submarine fleet of the Russian Empire, photo 7

Submarine “Alligator”

Submarine fleet of the Russian Empire, photo 8

Submarine “Pantera” (“Panther”)

Submarine fleet of the Russian Empire, photo 9

Submarine “Rys'” (“Lynx”)

Submarine fleet of the Russian Empire, photo 10

Submarine “Morzh” (“Walrus”)

Submarine fleet of the Russian Empire, photo 11

Submarine “Sudak” (“Pike Perch”)

Submarine fleet of the Russian Empire, photo 12

Submarine “Crab”

Submarine fleet of the Russian Empire, photo 13

Submarine “Narwhal”

Submarine fleet of the Russian Empire, photo 14

Submarine “Beluga”

Submarine fleet of the Russian Empire, photo 15

Submarine “Orlan” (1917)

Submarine fleet of the Russian Empire, photo 16

Submarine fleet of the Russian Empire, photo 17

Submarines “Volk” (“Wolf”) and “Bars” (“Leopard”)

Submarine fleet of the Russian Empire, photo 18

Submarine “Osyotr” (“Sturgeon”)

Submarine fleet of the Russian Empire, photo 19

Submarine “Dragon”

Submarine fleet of the Russian Empire, photo 20

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