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Report - Skrunda1 - ex Soviet Radar station - Latvia - Sept 2015

Discussion in 'European and International Sites' started by kingkurt, Sep 22, 2015.

  1. kingkurt

    kingkurt 28DL Full Member
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    The History
    (Borrowed from Wiki)​

    Skrunda-1, also known as Skrunda-2, is a ghost town and former Soviet radar station located 5 km (3 mi) to the north of Skrunda, in Raņķi parish, Latvia. It was the site of two Dnepr radar (NATO Hen House) radar installations constructed in the 1960s. A Daryal radar was being built there before the collapse of the Soviet Union. Skrunda was strategically important to the Soviet Union as its radars covered Western Europe. The two barn-like radars were one of the most important Soviet early warning radar stations for listening to objects in space and for tracking possible incoming ICBMs

    The Trip​

    We visited Skrunda1 on our way to the coastal town of Leipaja from Riga on the A9 (we were driving around the Baltic sea in a little 1ltr motor). We arrived and parked at a reception building outside the main complex now used by an old woman and her dogs, she was very nice and spoke Russian and Latvian and was happy to let us park in her yard. The entry to the complex was easy as the gates and checking building doors were broken and some of the perimeter wall is also missing. We explored and took pictures for 3-4 hrs before a heavy storm set in and we had to make a run for the motor. (There are also still some souvenirs laying about if you dont mind getting your hands dirty, I got a gas mask)

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  2. Dudman

    Dudman I'm not lost until I give up finding my way...
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    Nice report mate.

    I'm trying to work out where the ladder is going in picture 17 - if it is a ladder that is!

    Good to see reports from outside the UK, never been on a splore abroad :(
     
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    I think its some sort of physical training apparatus as the building was originally a Gym
     
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    Dudman I'm not lost until I give up finding my way...
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    Makes complete sense now !

    Look forward to further reports from you
     
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