After 15 years as a San Diego tourist draw, rusty Soviet sub is headed to the scrap yard

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The San Diego Union-Tribune

SAN DIEGO — For 15 years, visitors to the Maritime Museum on San Diego’s downtown waterfront could climb aboard a retired Soviet attack submarine known as B-39 and learn about the hidden world of undersea warfare. Now the sub is destined for a place where it will disappear for all time — the scrap yard. The outer skin of the 1970s-era Foxtrot-class vessel has been deteriorating for some time, its once sleek black profile disfigured by holes, rust and orange protective netting. Salt water and the occasional severe storm have not been kind. Museum officials said the sub is not as bad as it looks…

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