ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — For sale to the highest bidder: one Russian submarine (nuclear missiles and torpedoes not included).
That offer is being made on the Internet for U-484, a Cold War relic.
It was once considered a major threat to the United States but is now a weaponless tourist attraction tied to a pier in St. Petersburg on Florida's west coast.
The 300-foot diesel submarine was built in 1964 and served in the Soviet and Russian Navy until 1994. It carried four nuclear cruise missiles and 22 torpedoes, had a crew of 82 and was designed for launching Soviet strikes on U.S. East Coast cities.
After it was decommissioned, the sub was sold to a Finnish company, Oy-Sub Expo, in 1994 and put on display in Helsinki. In 1997, it was leased to a Canadian company, Russian Submarine B.C., which had it towed across the Atlantic Ocean to become a tourist attraction in St. Petersburg.