FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
USS SARATOGA GROUP CAPTURES RUSSIAN SUBMARINE
Non-profit Rhode Island organization acquires former Soviet cruise missile submarine used in upcoming Harrison Ford movie; sub to be displayed in ProvidenceIn retirement, the supercarrier USS Saratoga has accomplished something no American warship did on active duty: capture a Russian cruise missile submarine.
Providence Mayor Vincent A. Cianci Jr. confirmed today that the Providence-based USS Saratoga Museum Foundation, Inc., has acquired the Juliett 484, a 300-foot long Cold War veteran. The submarine spent the last year in Halifax, Nova Scotia filming Paramount Pictures' major summer release entitled K-19: The Widowmaker, starring Harrison Ford and Liam Neeson, produced by Intermedia Films.
The film is a Cold War submarine thriller inspired by real events. On its maiden voyage in the North Atlantic in 1961, the Soviet Navy's first nuclear ballistic missile submarine suffered a malfunction in its nuclear reactor. Harrison Ford plays K-19's commander, Captain Alexei Vostrikov, whose orders were to prepare K-19 for sea and take her out on patrol - no matter what the cost. Vostrikov races against time to prevent a Chernobyl-like nuclear explosion which threatens not only the lives of his crew, but has the potential to ignite a world war between the super powers.
"We are happy to provide a berth for this extremely important historic artifact," said the Mayor. "We recognize its great significance as a remnant of the Cold War, and the largest existing conventional submarine of its kind."
Echoing Mayor Cianci's support for the acquisition as a boon to local tourism, USS Saratoga Museum Foundation, Inc. President Frank Lennon added, "We are delighted to have been chosen as the final home for Juliett 484. The excitement the film will generate this summer, combined with the renaissance of the Providence waterfront, augurs well for the future," Lennon concluded.
"After filming was completed, there were a number of options available to us concerning disposition of the submarine," said Mark Wolfe, Intermedia Production Executive on K-19. "Intermedia Film Equities Ltd. decided the arrangements with the USS Saratoga Museum Foundation, Inc. and the City of Providence offered the best result for all concerned," Wolfe concluded.
Now that agreements are in place, delivery will take place as soon as possible. "The submarine could conceivably leave Halifax as early as Sunday afternoon or Monday morning," said Lennon. "She could arrive in Narragansett Bay as early as next Thursday, March 28."
This particular submarine is diesel powered, although it played the part of a nuclear submarine in the movie. She will be temporarily moored at ProvPort Berth 1 while preparations are made for a more permanent location with public access, in time for the movie's projected July 19 release.
"We compliment Mayor Cianci on his ability to quickly grasp the potential of such an attraction for the city, and more importantly for the decisive way in which he stepped up to make it happen," said Lennon. "The opportunity to acquire this submarine on very favorable terms was presented to us, and there was a very small window of time in which to pull the trigger. Thanks to Mayor Cianci and his staff (especially Deputy Policy Director Paul Campbell) we were able to do so."
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