FSX – Victor III Class Submarine B-414 Daniyl Moskovskiy. The Victor III Class nuclear submarine was the third variant of the Victor Class Soviet submarines of Project 671. Designated Project 671RTM, the series was named Shchuka (Pike) and began service in 1977. A total of 26 were produced of the scheduled 27 ordered. From its first encounters with the United States Navy during the Cold War, it captured U.S. Navy attention, in part, because of its unusual stern plane pod. Speculation of what this pod was used for fuel excessive interest leading to an accident in 1981 when the USS Drum (SSN-677) collided with a Victor III while trying to photograph the back of the stern plane pod.
The Victor III’s also managed to run quieter and deeper than previous Soviet submarines making it harder to find in the deep seas it patrolled. Armed with a variety of torpedoes and cruise missiles, the Victor III’s had teeth. Overall, the Victor III was an elusive and well armed threat to U.S. Navy’s interests during the Cold War. It is a testament to its value as a naval asset that four are still in service today. After massive cutbacks following the end of the Cold War, the Victor III remains in active duty service still patrol the seas today. They are the B-388 Petrozavodsk, the B-138 Obninsk, the B-448 Tambov, and the B-414 Daniyl Moskovskiy. This model is of the Daniyl Moskovskiy which was laid down on December 1, 1989 at the Leningrad Admiralty Association shipyard in St. Petersburg, Russia as part of Project 671 RTMK. It was launched on August 31, 1990 and commissioned later that year on December 30th. From the St. Petersburg shipyard, it proceeded to the Northern Fleet where it still serves today. By David A. York.