This is coolbert:
Thanks to the Barents Observer from ONLY yesterday we have this item:
"Gets multi-billion subs, lacks gas for heating"
February 11, 2013
"Russia’s paradox in a nut-shell: Naval base Gadzhievo on the Kola Peninsula is home port to the core of the country’s naval nuclear forces, but lacks gas to heat the submariners’ houses."
That home port for the various Russian intercontinental missile firing submarines those quarters of the personnel, enlisted and officer both lacking basic heating for warmth!.
As you can well imagine those temperatures in the FAR NORTH of Russia adjacent to the Barents Sea very cold in the winter.
That paradox as described self-evident to all, even the most casual of observers. State-of-the-art Russian nuclear submarines docked at a facility [Gadzhievo] the high command unable to provide the necessities of life to the sailors when ashore! Russia having an abundance of natural gas but evidently that abundance for export and not enough for internal use?
There is a solution immediate that can be availed of? Those barracks and quarters need to be heated by electricity, those nuclear submarines while in port the reactors connected to the electric grid! And there is a precedent for this! American aircraft carrier during the Depression era hooked to the electric grid of Tacoma during an emergency, providing power, dynamos of the warships having a dual military/civilian application. So this can and has been done!
That home port of the Russian "boomers" only to become more important in the near future.
"Gadzhievo is the home port to the Northern fleet’s current six ballistic missile submarines of the Delta-IV class. Russia’s new generation missile submarine of the Borey class will also be based here."
The Barents Observer is a Norwegian publication? And seems to be particularly well informed. Indeed this web site Russian Navy blog in particular contains the type of material that during the Cold War would have been classified as TOP SECRET?
It is worth noting [?] that during Czarist times the Russian navy was considered to be the most brutal of all Russian military services. Harsh, unremitting and poor treatment of the enlisted was the rule rather than the exception. The Potemkin was not an isolated incident.