Bulgaria Sold Its Submarine

The Bulgarian Navy decommissioned its sole Romeo (Project 633) class BNS Slava in 2011 and terminated Bulgaria’s submarine force after 94 years.

According to BlackSeaNews website the decommissioned bulk of the former BNS Slava was sold to a private company for €355 thousand.

The closed bidding Bulgarian submarine “Hope” sold nearly 710 thousand leva (355 euros) with a starting price of BGN 480 thousand (240 thousand euros). Her new owner was a Bulgarian trading company Fintron Bulgaria.

Reported by Ukrinform citing Bulgarian information portal maritime.bg.

According to experts, obsolete underwater vessel in its current state is a scrap. It was sold without weapons and other special equipment. Therefore, if the new owners decide to use a submarine for exotic travel, it will have to invest in its renovation of approximately seven million leva (3.5 million euros).

The former Soviet submarine S-36 was built on the Gorky factory “Red Sormovo” the average torpedo submarine unit. Boat launched on September 27, 1959, commissioned September 30, 1960.June 27, 2008 she was taken out of the Navy in Bulgaria. In April 2009, “Hope” was formally transferred to Varna city authorities to build her museum. But the boat was just standing.

After the withdrawal of November 1, 2011 from the Bulgarian Navy last submarine “Slava” (with the same type it “Hope”), it was decided to create a museum on it, as it is in the best condition.

How will the new owner to use the submarine was not reported.


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