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Birthday of pipeline troops

January 14 is the day of the creation of a special kind of troops - pipeline troops. 63 a year ago - in 1952, in the Soviet Union, the then military minister of the USSR (at that time, the post corresponding to the current position of defense minister) was marshal Alexander Vasilevsky signed an order to create the first separate military battalion, the specialization of which would be pumping fuel. A few months before, the War Department received a task together with the Ministry of Petroleum Industry to conduct field tests of a new generation oil pipeline. The tests were successful.

The date of signing the order to create the said battalion was considered to be the day of the creation of the pipeline troops of the USSR.

The official website of the Russian Ministry of Defense characterizes the pipeline troops as special rear troops, which are designed to create field trunk pipelines with the subsequent transfer of fuel through them for various formations of the Ground Forces, aviation и fleet.

Birthday of pipeline troops

In fact, the troops of the pipeline troops (TP) also solve many other tasks. One of such “alternative” tasks was performed by TrV quite recently. We are talking about creating a special pipeline for pumping fresh water across the Crimean Peninsula. The fighters of the pipeline troops carried out such work in May of 2014, when Crimea risked remaining without the necessary volumes of fresh water due to the threat of Ukrainian authorities blocking the North-Crimean canal supplying the peninsula with water from the Dnieper.

Then the pipeline battalion of the MTO brigade of the Western Military District of Russia assembled the 5-kilometer section of the pipeline, which made it possible to establish uninterrupted supply of fresh water to the town of Old Crimea from an artesian well. The pipeline allowed residents of the Old Crimea to receive about two thousand cubic meters of water per day.

After that, TrV started to create other branches of the aqueduct, which ultimately allowed local agricultural workers not to put an end to the new crop. Fresh water came not only to private homes, but also to farms and agricultural farms.
The result of fulfilling the tasks assigned to the troops of the pipeline troops was the creation of almost 130 km of a pipeline, which allowed discharging about 10 thousand cubic meters of water every day.

Russian pipeline troops have a rich history participation in armed conflicts in various parts of the world. It is difficult to overestimate the activities of the TrV fighters who laid pipelines to pump fuel to the territory of Afghanistan. Often the work had to be carried out, despite the danger of shelling from the enemy. In addition, it was necessary to ensure not only the urgent installation of the pipeline, but also its protection, because the pipeline was truly a strategic object - an artery that feeds combat units without which no military vehicle, no means of armored vehicles, not one strike aircraft. Could not implement its functions.

The Afghan terrain, as is known, is distinguished by a special relief — relief, under the conditions of which not all types of special equipment available in armament of the pipeline forces are used. That is why the soldiers had to refuse technical assistance and often install the pipe literally by hand. The total length of pipelines created by TrV in Afghanistan was more than 1 thousand kilometers! It was a titanic work, without which the very conduct of the operation would be a big question.

276 1988 people served through the ranks of the 5 separate pipeline brigade for the period of pipeline use in Afghanistan (as of April 811).

For the performance of combat missions in the territory of Afghanistan, the 276 brigade military personnel were awarded orders and medals:

Order of the Red Banner - 2 military;
Order of the Red Star - 259 military;
Order "For Service to the Motherland in the Armed Forces of the USSR" - 55 servicemen;
Medal "For Courage" - 320 military;
Medal "For Military Merit" - 497 military;
Medal "For Distinction in Military Service" - 429 military.

In the middle of 70, the Soviet Union assisted Somalia in overcoming the catastrophic drought. The experience of soldiers and officers of the pipeline troops, who were sent to the African state from the Odessa Military District, was used. For the construction and use of the pipeline in Somalia, a group of Soviet military personnel was formed - specialists of the fuel service of the Black Sea Fleet of the USSR. The group consisted of 5 officers and 30 sailors. They had extensive experience in laying and operating pipelines. The group was led by deputy head of the fuel service, Colonel Oleg Bogovich.

Troop units operated in Cuba, Laos, Hungary, Spain and other countries of the world.

The troop soldiers also distinguished themselves during the operation in the North Caucasus. The establishment of the pipeline system in the conditions of hostilities was risky, but people did their job, following orders.

Pipeline troops are often involved in civil operations. One of these operations - in the Crimea has already been presented. Other types of civilian missions of TrV include the installation of a pipeline to fire zones to extinguish forest fires, as well as fires on peat bogs. These events are often held in the Moscow region, as well as in Siberia and the Far East. The activity of the TrV for decades allows to effectively extinguish fires even where it is tens of kilometers to the nearest water body.

Fighters of pipeline troops have to participate in the implementation of pipeline installation in the areas of man-made accidents. A memorable milestone for the TRV is participation in the aftermath of the terrible accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.

Here the soldiers fought a war against an invisible enemy - radiation, bringing pipelines for pumping water and fuel necessary for the work of the liquidators at the epicenter of the disaster. The pipeline for the supply of water, created by the hands of the troops of the pipeline troops, allowed the concrete plant to function. This plant began its work in order to create a special chamber under the emergency reactor that threatened to overheat and a new, even more ambitious, tragedy.

On this day, "Military Review" congratulates all those readers who had or are related to the pipeline units of the special forces of the rear of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, and expresses sincere gratitude for the much-needed work, which at first glance may seem imperceptible.
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  1. Name
    Name 14 January 2015 07: 09
    Difficult, may not always be noticeable, but such WORK REQUIRED. soldier drinks Happy Holidays!
    1. Karlsonn
      Karlsonn 14 January 2015 07: 27
      All involved with the holiday! hi drinks
      Happy Comrade Anniversary! drinks
    2. Samaritan
      Samaritan 14 January 2015 07: 32
      Happy Holidays! drinks
    3. starshina78
      starshina78 14 January 2015 09: 33
      Happy Holiday! I took a course of a young fighter in the pipeline battalion in the Yelizovo Kamchatka region. He belonged to the rear of the Kamchatka Flotilla, like our Brigade of auxiliary vessels, so all who went to the rear of the Flotilla passed KMB there.
      1. Andriuha077
        Andriuha077 14 January 2015 12: 38
        Happy Holidays! wink
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  2. private with
    private with 14 January 2015 07: 21
    Happy Holidays!
  3. avvg
    avvg 14 January 2015 07: 25
    Glory to the Armed Forces (All military branches) of Russia !!! Always on them, you can rely on! WITH HOLIDAYS YOU A PIPELINE TROOPS! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray !!!
  4. father nikon
    father nikon 14 January 2015 07: 26
    Happy colleagues drinks
  5. vitalich57
    vitalich57 14 January 2015 07: 28
    Happy holiday men soldier drinks
    1. Andrey Yuryevich
      Andrey Yuryevich 14 January 2015 07: 36
      Quote: vitalich57
      Happy holiday men soldier drinks

      Quote: father Nikon
      Happy colleagues drinks

      and others ... support!drinks
  6. parusnik
    parusnik 14 January 2015 07: 37
    drinks Happy holiday guys ...!
  7. father nikon
    father nikon 14 January 2015 07: 39
    In the first photo, TUM-150 is a machine of mechanized assembly of a pipeline by a PMTP-150 kit pipe. Such a contraption can lay up to 15 km of a pipeline on a relatively flat terrain per day. Moreover, the pipe itself is unique because of the method of connection (type of bell-cuff), there is nothing like this in any army in the world.
  8. pensioner
    pensioner 14 January 2015 07: 49
    I heartily congratulate my colleagues on their professional holiday! drinks
    Children wink . It will take VTD - write in a personal. winked We decide! yes
  9. aszzz888
    aszzz888 14 January 2015 08: 03
    "Without water, neither here nor there!"
    Happy holiday, men!
  10. yurikh
    yurikh 14 January 2015 08: 17
    I support everyone, it’s bad without you. Happy guys!
  11. fomkin
    fomkin 14 January 2015 08: 32
    I join in the congratulations from "VO" and colleagues.
    TECHNOLOGY 14 January 2015 08: 40
    You cannot be seen. But everyone uses your work. Guys, good luck and happiness! So that everything will be a bunch!
  13. Sergey 2014
    Sergey 2014 14 January 2015 08: 47
  14. Was mammoth
    Was mammoth 14 January 2015 09: 04
    Happy Holidays!
    When the peat bogs were extinguished, the guys also participated. At us, in Meshchera, for sure.
  15. ilyaros
    ilyaros 14 January 2015 09: 07
    Happy holiday! All the best!
  16. avt
    avt 14 January 2015 09: 17
    Happy Holiday! Well, really, life made me create individual parts.
  17. bahdos
    bahdos 14 January 2015 09: 42
    Yes, the service was interesting in 2008-2009
  18. Not served
    Not served 14 January 2015 10: 03
    Happy Holiday !!!
    Although I "did not serve", I had a chance to talk with this device PMTP-150. We bought this, produced in 1972, pinned it from somewhere on the Chinese border. They bought it for the task of pumping oil, decided to save money and not build a normal pipeline. Thank God, the general director has changed, and he, as a reserve officer of the pipeline troops, banned the use of it.
    As a result, I periodically traveled and climbed these mountains of pipes conducting an inventory. Then partly a fence was made of these pipes, partly sold, it seems Pumping stations (YaMZ-236 stood on them) were put into spare parts, some were redone for DESki.
    They did not mount it due to environmental risks. It flows, or rather snotty. Pipes of 6 meters were, 3 mm, galvanized (they say there were options made of aluminum). Nefig pressure will not stand.

    Just every thing should be used for its intended purpose.
    1. vnord
      vnord 14 January 2015 10: 28
      In our team in Kamarchag, the pipe was made of the type by powder metallurgy, which alloy I do not remember. Lightweight, grainy, not rusted.
    2. vnord
      vnord 14 January 2015 10: 28
      In our team in Kamarchag, the pipe was made of the type by powder metallurgy, which alloy I do not remember. Lightweight, grainy, not rusted.
  19. Siberian1965
    Siberian1965 14 January 2015 10: 23
    1987 - 1989 Primorsky Territory Varfolomeevka. Happy holiday!
  20. vnord
    vnord 14 January 2015 10: 24
    Happy holiday! I myself didn’t serve in personnel; I have a military engineer of a pipeline company. In the exercises, a pipe was laid then with a new bell system. They pumped water from one river to another. The TUM - 150 machine works just a sight for sore eyes. Yes and in manual mode, a calculation of 3 people collects the pipe quite quickly, 2 people transfer the pipe to the light. In the world of such systems, and there are no troops. Mattresses solve the issue by building fuel wires in peacetime on the proposed theater with subsequent leasing to civil organizations. And about the pumping of oil at the initial stage, oil was pumped at the Talakan field in Yakutia.
    1. Not served
      Not served 14 January 2015 11: 35
      Yes, there was such a topic. We were just given it as an example.
  21. fridge
    fridge 14 January 2015 11: 00
    Happy Trumpeters drinks Special greetings to the trumpeters of Afghanistan! fellow drinks
  22. bmv04636
    bmv04636 14 January 2015 11: 22
    The last major operation is the Crimea, and before that, the extinguishing of peat bogs in the suburbs. Congratulations
    1. Sergey-8848
      Sergey-8848 14 January 2015 14: 19
      Let me add - extinguishing peat bogs - repeatedly, emergency water supply - repeatedly, extinguishing forest tracts - repeatedly, extinguishing gas and oil fountains - well, without them. Happy holiday!
  23. Million
    Million 14 January 2015 12: 36
    but it’s silent on TV! Though they remembered here! Happy Holiday!
  24. vnord
    vnord 14 January 2015 13: 24
    Quote: Million
    but it’s silent on TV! Though they remembered here! Happy Holiday!

    So right infa secret, the most terrible troops after the construction battalion
  25. Navy7981
    Navy7981 14 January 2015 17: 27
    Sometimes I wonder how much the armed forces are a complex "mechanism"! How much do you need to know and be able to make everything work like a chronometer. How many guys are doing almost invisible, but so important work! They lay pipes, rails, start a diesel engine in the cold, traffic controllers on military roads, repair tanks in the field, hang rockets under the wings, clear roads, cook dinner, or finally stand by their tablets. We all need each other. In general, I want to say "we are all of the same blood." HAPPY.
  26. dandy
    dandy 14 January 2015 18: 39
    Congratulations on the holiday of pipelines, since I also have some relation to these troops. Although I served in the glorious city of Yuryev (Tartu), in the long-range aviation division in 86-88, I was in the training course in the pipeline in Narofominsk near Moscow. many military branches, including for the Air Force. Specifically, I received the specialization of a laboratory assistant for the control of the quality of special fuel (heptyl, samin and other broths), but in the troops I dealt with jet fuel, released refuellers during flights. I’ll say one thing - they drove us knowingly, and not in vain, moreover. For many there was a good test for lice! There is something to remember, and much is remembered with pleasure, although it was not easy at times, to put it mildly. And in Tartu, by the way, I also remember the unknown in the future, Dudaev, as a pilot, seemingly not bad. But who was then ruined by exorbitant ambitions. I remember when he was introduced to the parade ground in 87, how our Chechens walked with their naked eyes, some of whom were It’s a lot. Still, such a reason for pride. But I was distracted. Once again, happy holidays, friends, and less reason for you to do your necessary work (in a good way)!
  27. Arktidianets
    Arktidianets 14 January 2015 20: 32
    I wish there were no gusts! Happy holiday!
  28. Gans1234
    Gans1234 15 January 2015 00: 37
    And I didn’t know that we have this kind of troops)
  29. Breard
    Breard 15 January 2015 04: 15
    Eh .. yes ... respect! Back in 1986 in Afghanistan ... Puli-Khumri for almost 3 months, lodged on the basis of the pipeline battalion!
  30. Putleugend
    Putleugend 15 January 2015 06: 44
    and Ukrainians have pipeline parts ?????) All the soldiers of this army \
  31. nthvbyfnjh2015
    nthvbyfnjh2015 16 January 2015 11: 53
    Happy holiday! Terrible troops, along with the building battalion of any enemy, even without weapons!