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Remains of the crane unit in front of the warhead storage

The missile base in Plokštinė is not a typical Urbex destination, because it's a museum. It is the only former missile base in all three Baltic countries you officially can visit.

Its historical significance and the form of this missile system made Plokštinė to a Must-have for me.

 

The complex was built from 1960-1962 and was the Soviet answer on the United States, which began to build their military bases in underground.

 

In Plokštinė four ballistic medium-range missiles of the type R-12U (NATO designation SS-4) were ready to shoot at targets in Western Europe. The missiles had a range of 2,000 km, were equipped with a nuclear warhead and had an explosive power of 1.3 or 2.3 Mt.

 

The launch pad consisted of four underground missile silos which led to a control bunker through tunnels. At the lowest point, the silos were about 34 m below ground level.

In vicinity there was a separate storage bunker for warheads. Both partial objects were secured by a high voltage security system. In peacetime the fence was at 220 volts, in defense phases it could be increased to up to 10,000 volts.

In the environment there were also garages for vehicles and barracks.

 

The missile base was discovered by the Americans in 1978.

 

After the collapse of the USSR the abandoned complex was looted and many metallic parts removed. A fate that affects most of the military objects in the former USSR.

 

Today, the museum is renovated with a lot of effort and presented very well. A lot of tourists visit the site and can get a one-hour guided tour through the bunkers. The guide explains many things and wall charts, exhibits, dioramas and models are self-explaining.

Although you can photograph, for tripod shots there is no time.

 

For me, the visit of the missle base in Plokštinė was a great

experience. All in all, you will not often get the chace to visit a

missle base in such good conditions.

 

 

Website of the Museum (with a virtual tour of the bunker):

www.zemaitijosnp.lt/en/the-cold-war-exposition/

 

Another link to the album of Martin Trolle Mikkelsen with great photos before renovation:

www.flickr.com/photos/martintrolle/sets/72157604497755580/

 

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Taken on August 21, 2013