Congratulating Soldiers In Chechnya

Congratulating Soldiers In Chechnya

This November a delegation from Moscow visited the 46th separate rapid deployment brigade which celebrated its 11th anniversary.

Congratulating Soldiers In Chechnya

Early in the morning, 70 veterans, performers and journalists gathered together at the military airport to take their flight to the Chechen Republic.

Congratulating Soldiers In Chechnya

Il-76MD.

Congratulating Soldiers In Chechnya

They prepared presents for both friends and enemies.

Congratulating Soldiers In Chechnya

Congratulating Soldiers In Chechnya

They loaded the aircraft to the brim.

Congratulating Soldiers In Chechnya

Congratulating Soldiers In Chechnya

A roll call before the boarding.

Congratulating Soldiers In Chechnya

A ‘first-class’ passenger!

Congratulating Soldiers In Chechnya

Congratulating Soldiers In Chechnya

These dogs were the first to welcome the delegation.

Congratulating Soldiers In Chechnya

They had to go to different places like Grozny, Gudermes, Urus-Martan and other villages to present the soldiers of the 46th brigade with gifts and decorations in person.

Congratulating Soldiers In Chechnya

The leaders of the delegation, the performers and the journalists were to go to Grozny by these helicopters. Other members of the delegation traveled in convoy.

Congratulating Soldiers In Chechnya

Congratulating Soldiers In Chechnya

Chechnya.

Congratulating Soldiers In Chechnya

This is a combat/transport helicopter Mi-8, the workhorse of the war.

Congratulating Soldiers In Chechnya

It can also carry landing forces or evacuate the wounded from battlefields.

Congratulating Soldiers In Chechnya

Hotel of Troop Unit 3025.

Congratulating Soldiers In Chechnya

Veterans’re raising the banner of ‘Battle Brotherhood’.

Congratulating Soldiers In Chechnya

A morning formation.

Congratulating Soldiers In Chechnya

The 46th brigade is the largest and most active brigade of the internal troops of the country.

Congratulating Soldiers In Chechnya

During the 11 years, 480 servicemen of the brigade were honored with state awards and government decorations for bravery.

Congratulating Soldiers In Chechnya

Lieutenant General Sergey Melikov.

Congratulating Soldiers In Chechnya

 

Congratulating Soldiers In Chechnya

Kids and a military band performed after the official part.

Congratulating Soldiers In Chechnya

The brigade consists of contract soldiers only.

Congratulating Soldiers In Chechnya

Congratulating Soldiers In Chechnya

A flower-laying ceremony.

Congratulating Soldiers In Chechnya

There are just three military units in Russia which were honored with state awards and the 46th brigade is one of them.

Congratulating Soldiers In Chechnya

Congratulating the soldiers.

Congratulating Soldiers In Chechnya

Presenting awards.

Congratulating Soldiers In Chechnya

Congratulating Soldiers In Chechnya

The concert .

Congratulating Soldiers In Chechnya

Congratulating Soldiers In Chechnya

Heading to Khankala to congratulate another sub-unit of the brigade.

Congratulating Soldiers In Chechnya

Congratulating Soldiers In Chechnya

The show’s going on.

Congratulating Soldiers In Chechnya

Congratulating Soldiers In Chechnya

45 thoughts on “Congratulating Soldiers In Chechnya”

  1. Soldiers are tough…….”They load the aircraft to the brim” so there is only enough room left for “first-class” passengers to fly to the Chechen Republic, hey don’t sit on that razor wire boys.

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    • have you ever seen how they load up the luggage in an airliner? It just gets jammed in side just like in that picture.

      The way you can tell that a loadmaster has done a poor job is when the airplane crashes because the weight was not correctly distributed.Trust me on that some of my very good friends in the USAF where loadmasters.

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      • On an airliner everything is loaded into several large crates and those crates are fixed to the aircraft by restraints, they are not just everywhere. The ones shown in the picture is totally not the regulated way of doing it, but it’s Russia everything will just have to do.

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        • Do you have any idea what you are talking about? Do you even know what I meant by QRF? And besides this is the Russian Army, and the Interior army at that.

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          • I’ve done 18 parachute jumps, and 18 paraglider jumps. When the VDV are called up, they go through a somewhat painstaking ritual, its procedure, but still. They wait for a plane, group up on the tarmac or staging ground, get their para-gear, and then board.

            But, in one of my airborne exercises, we were scrambled, told to gear up and were loaded into the planes, without chutes or gliders. The planes took of immediately and only then we were issued our para-gear. In the plane itself. While a normal VDV brigades deployment time would be about one hour, here the planes were up in under twenty minutes. Rapid deployment at it’s best!

            My point is, all of it was done to save time, crucial for brigades like this.

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              • Well. Looks like we have two conflicting opinions here. [yojimbo] doesnt seem to say the same thing, and I trust him (hence the positive comment rating). You, on the other hand, have yet to establish your credentials.

                Besides, in my experience, perfectionist never make it far in the military. Don’t know about you.

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                • I’ve seen these things done almost every day when I was enlisted. I know what I’m talking about. I don’t care about internet rating. It doesn’t have credibility because group of people that visit different kind of sites are biased towards what they wants to see and why they want to see that particular site.

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                  • Well then you should know that military cargo and troop transport planes don’t make those sharp manueveres, the sort of thing that would wreak havoc in the cargo bay.

                    Look closely at the site address. Its english RUSSIA, not english AMERICA. This is the 46th brigade, a Russian force. Not American.

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                    • I was in Iraq, both passenger and military cargo plane do make those maneuvers. I’ve made my point people on here are Pro-Russian thus they are biased towards voting on comments.

                    • YJ

                      Find a forum where where your anti-Russian ravings are appreciated. Because, as you so kindly pointed out yourself, they are not wanted here.

    • Well, the plane got there, then got home, so flight was excellent. As they say, a good flight you walk away from; an excellent flight, the airplane is flyable!

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  2. “The Concert” -That don’t look like Hilary Swank (who got in trouble for visiting Chechnya)…or the Kingston Trio or Peter, Paul and Mary or…
    Maybe this post should’ve been called “Holiday in Hell”- when dogs are the first things to greet you, that might be a sign you’re not in Tahiti…

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    • I wonder how they know who is who in battle? I mean frendly fire and that stuff..
      Whats next – taliban/mudjaheedin cammo pattern πŸ˜‰

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      • Why do Russians so often see the negative in comments even if it’s not there? What’s up with the persecution complex so many seem to have? Low self esteem about their country or something?

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        • lmao, nice of ER to let this comment stand while deleting my reply saying “So many different camo types in use…” wasn’t a negative comment just an observation. Oh course i’m not silly enough to think 1 or 2 types of camo cover all of their needs. What was wrong with that comment ER? lol

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            • Actually no, ayaa. I made a follow up comment to your reply “Did you really think that one or two camo patterns would do for covering over 17 million square km of land?”, something like…

              “Did i say that? No. Of course i’m not silly enough to think 1 or 2 types of camo are sufficient. It was just an observation.”

              I think it’s funny a simple comment like “So many different camo types in use…” gets taken as a dig at the Russians and red flagged into oblivion.

              Thus my other comment pondering why Russians seem to perceive comments negatively and come back with a strong nationalist response. πŸ™‚

              anyway not a big deal at all just funny to me…

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              • Think of it this way. The same way that you always jump up in defence of the USA, whenever someone downplays Americas role in WWII, Russians do the same too, only they choose to click on the little red thumbs down icon in the corner. πŸ™‚

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                • Well a comment suggesting the Soviets outright won WWII, which i’ve seen a few of here, is a bit more controversial then an observation about camo if you ask me. πŸ™‚ There were a lot more players in winning WWII then just the Soviet Union and the U.S.

                  But i totally get what you are saying. I just find the degree to which it’s taken, like an observation about camo being red flagged into oblivion, kinda funny. πŸ™‚

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                  • I’M not saying that the Soviets won the war outright. The US, the British, the French, etc.. played an important role too. And its appreciated.

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                    • Of course, ayaa. I know you feel that way from other comments you’ve made. Was more talking about a few others i’ve seen here as well. At any rate written comments are easily misunderstood or don’t fully express the real intent of what was meant.

  3. OK, so can someone explain to me if these troops are Cechnyan or are they from all over the federation.

    How do the Chechnyans really feel about being part of the Russian Federation?

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    • Most army units and interior forces in the North Caucasus have several locals in the trooper ranks, while the uo’s and above are ethnic Russian. A lot of the civilian support personnel (cooks, cleaners, gardeners, etc…) are also locals.

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  4. YJ

    “The ones shown in the picture is totally not the regulated way of doing it, BUT IT’S RUSSIA EVERYTHING WILL JUST HAVE TO DO.”

    Looks to me like you have issues with Russia. Thats what started all of this, in case you are wondering.

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  5. Question, the one soldier wearing the commercial “woodland camo” hunting pattern (who is laying a flower at the base of the monument). Is that pattern actually in official use in Russian armed forces of an oddity?

    Just wondering. Never seen that pattern in military use before, and he seems to be the only one wearing it.

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    • In Russia, soldiers have a choice about their camo pattern. The CO can order otherwise, but individuals are free to choose any pattern they like, depending on their role, gear and terrain.

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      • I see. That’s quite different from what i’m conditioned to expect. That degree of freedom given to individuals and commanders to choose the camo pattern they’ll wear is surprising to me. Thanks for answering!

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