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Published on Jan 27, 2019
With Combat Approved, get aboard the submarines of the Northern Fleet ‘Beast Division’ for a closer look at these mighty Shchuka-B class boats.
These attack submarines form the backbone of the unit and have equally bellicose names: Panther, Cheetah, Tiger, Wolf, Wild Boar, and Leopard.
Despite being third generation submarines, the underwater ‘predators’ have proved reliable carrying out missions to track potentially dangerous vessels and to defend strategic subs all while staying invisible.
Combat Approved goes to the Gadzhiyevo base in the Murmansk region for a unique opportunity to climb inside the Panther. The crew gives a tour of the main control room, while posters in the mess hall remind servicemen of NATO aircraft characteristics, overseen by the ‘Beast Division’ insignia.
With Combat Approved, visit the Nerpa shipyard to see the Wild Boar under repair, and take a look at the training facility where submariners hone their survival skills for all kinds of emergencies. For more about the sea ‘beasts’ and those serving on them, tune in for the full episode.