To The Brink Of War

Russian Foxtrot Class attack submarine B-39 closed.

Fox Trot B-39

Maritime Museum of San Diego originally installed the Foxtrot as an interactive two-year temporary exhibition in 2005. Foxtrot’s popularity among visitors influenced the Museum’s decision to extend the To the Brink of War exhibition, an immersive video, light and sound production shown daily inside the Foxtrot.

This theatrical professionally produced live action exhibit about a close call with nuclear war the Museum installed on the sub is intended to soon be available live as a web-based experience at sdmaritme.org.

You may notice accelerating, degradation of the outer skin of the Russian Foxtrot Class attack submarine B-39. A recent severe storm that passed through San Diego, tore away portions of the metal fabric and exposes additional bare metal to rust.

We are hoping that in the time she remains with us, public health conditions will permit Museum visitors one last chance to tour the Foxtrot sub and step into her own fascinating exotic true story as depicted in the To the Brink of War exhibit and that of the world she represented.

The B-39 skin visable to you is not part of the vessel’s pressure hull, which remains in good stable condition, so that materially, Foxtrot is no less seaworthy today, than 15 years ago.

We have determined not to shift scarce resources away from the historic vessels in the Maritime Museum of San Diego fleet that we intend to keep in perpetuity, in order to extend the life of the Foxtrot.

The Maritime Museum of San Diego is now arranging for the vessel’s disposition and bring the tenure of the Foxtrot at our Museum to a close by the end of 2021.

To the brink of war

To The Brink Of War

Discover the true story of how one man saves the world from nuclear devastation.


To the brink of war

An interactive light and sound exhibit aboard the Maritime Museum’s Russian Foxtrot-class submarine takes you on a journey to the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, when the world stood on the edge of nuclear war.

To the brink of war

Surrounded by US Navy forces, one Soviet submarine captain makes the fateful decision to fire a nuclear torpedo against an American aircraft carrier.

To the brink of war

A Navy helicopter hovers over Russian submarine.

To the brink of war. B-39 Control room.

B-39 Control room.

To the brink of war. B-39 Fore torpedo room

B-39 Fore torpedo room