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Today, on the day of the 70th anniversary of the special forces, the Deputy Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation Yunus-Bek Yevkurov and the commander of the Airborne Forces, Colonel-General Andrei Serdyukov, visited the illustrious 45th separate guards of the orders of Kutuzov and Alexander Nevsky, the special purpose brigade of the Airborne troops, where they took part in solemn events dedicated to their professional holiday.
Upon arrival at the compound, Lieutenant General Yunus-Bek Yevkurov and Colonel General Andrei Serdyukov laid flowers at the monument to the fallen scouts, after which they took part in a solemn meeting dedicated to the Day of Special Forces.
Speaking at a solemn meeting, the Deputy Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation, Lieutenant General Yunus-Bek Yevkurov, congratulated the personnel of the formation on their professional holiday and noted: “The 45th Guards Special Forces Brigade of the Airborne Forces is not only the pride of the Airborne Forces, but of all the Armed Forces … This is a guarantee of highly professional performance of any task, anywhere. You are entrusted with the most difficult and responsible tasks to preserve the calm and peaceful life of our Motherland! The country is proud of you, the representative of other formations and military units is respected, this should always be so! Dare and improve, believe in yourself, your weapons, your comrades and commanders. “
The commander of the Airborne Forces, Colonel-General Andrei Serdyukov, emphasized in his speech: “The exploits of the special forces of different generations will always live in our memory. Spetsnaz was, is and always will be the elite of the Armed Forces, whose successor and continuer of military traditions is your unit, which rightfully occupies a leading place in the ranks of the Airborne Forces. You have courage, composure and fortitude in performing tasks in the North Caucasus, in operations to force Georgia to peace and the return of Crimea to the Russian Federation, you have successfully completed the task during the tactical exercise in the Arctic this spring with the world’s first group high-altitude landing in the Arctic zone “.
Also, during the solemn part, the Decree of the President of the Russian Federation was read out on awarding the most distinguished servicemen of the formation with state awards, which were presented to them by the Deputy Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation and the commander of the Airborne Forces.
In addition, the honorary guests and veterans of the unit addressed the personnel of the special forces with parting words.
The 45th Separate Guards Orders of Kutuzov and Alexander Nevsky Special Purpose Regiment of the Airborne Forces was formed in February 1994 on the basis of the 218th and 901st separate special purpose battalions.
By July 1994, the regiment was fully formed and manned. By order of the commander of the Airborne Forces, in the order of historical continuity, the day of the formation of the 218th battalion is indicated as the day of formation of the regiment – July 25, 1992.
On December 2, 1994, the regiment was transferred to Chechnya to participate in the elimination of illegal armed groups. The regiment’s units took part in hostilities until February 12, 1995, when the regiment was transferred back to its place of permanent deployment in the Moscow region. From March 15 to June 13, 1995, a consolidated detachment of the regiment operated in Chechnya.
On July 30, 1995, on the territory of the regiment’s deployment in Sokolniki, an obelisk was opened in honor of the soldiers of the regiment who died during the hostilities.
On May 9, 1995, the regiment was awarded a diploma of the President of the Russian Federation for services to the Russian Federation, and the military personnel of the regiment as part of the combined battalion of the Airborne Forces took part in the parade on Poklonnaya Gora, dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the Victory over Nazi Germany.
From February to May 1997, the combined detachment of the regiment was in Gudauta as part of a peacekeeping mission in the zone of separation of the Georgian and Abkhaz Armed Forces.
On July 26, 1997, the regiment was awarded the Battle banner and certificate of the 5th Guards Airborne Rifle Mukachev Order of Kutuzov Regiment, disbanded on June 27, 1945.
On May 1, 1998, the regiment was renamed the 45th separate reconnaissance regiment of the Airborne Forces. The 901st separate special-purpose battalion was disbanded in the spring of 1998; in 2001, a special-purpose line battalion was created on its base as part of the regiment (called the “901st” out of old habit).
From September 1999 to March 2006, the combined reconnaissance detachment of the regiment took part in the counter-terrorist operation in the North Caucasus.
On February 2, 2001, the regiment was awarded the pennant of the Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation “For courage, military valor and high combat training.”
On August 8, 2001, on the territory of the regiment in Kubinka, a new memorial complex was opened in memory of the soldiers of the regiment who died in the performance of combat missions. Every year, on January 8, the regiment hosts the Day of Remembrance of the fallen soldiers.
In April-July 2005, it was decided to transfer the Battle Banner to the 45th regiment, assign the honorary title “Guards” and transfer the Order of Alexander Nevsky, which belonged to the disbanded 119th Guards Airborne Regiment. The award ceremony took place on August 2, 2005.
In 2007, the 218th separate special-purpose battalion was reorganized into a line battalion, having lost the numbering and status of a separate military unit.
On February 1, 2008, the regiment was renamed the 45th Separate Guards Order of Alexander Nevsky Special Forces Regiment of the Airborne Forces.
In August 2008, units of the regiment took part in the armed conflict in South Ossetia. On July 20, 2009, in accordance with the Decree of the President of the Russian Federation of December 18, 2006 No. 1422, the regiment was awarded the St. George Banner.
On July 25, 2009, on the day of the regimental holiday, in Kubinka, a small consecration of the throne of the garrison church of the 45th separate guards regiment, consecrated in honor of the icon of the Mother of God “Blessed Sky”, took place.
In April 2010, the battalion tactical group of the regiment carried out a combat mission to ensure the safety of Russian citizens on the territory of the Kyrgyz Republic.
By the Decree of the President of the Russian Federation No. 170 dated February 9, 2011, the regiment was the first in modern history to be awarded the Order of Kutuzov. The award was presented on April 4, 2011 at the regiment’s location in Kubinka. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev personally attached the badge and ribbon of the order to the St. George regiment’s banner.
In May-June 2012, the regiment’s reconnaissance platoon took part in joint exercises with the Green Berets at the American military base of the 10th Special Forces Group, located at Fort Carson.
In the spring of 2014, a separate reconnaissance detachment of the regiment took part in the operation to annex Crimea to the Russian Federation.
At the end of 2014, the regiment was reorganized into the 45th separate guards order of Kutuzov and Alexander Nevsky, the special purpose brigade of the Airborne Forces.
The paratroopers of the special forces unit with honor continue the glorious military traditions of scouts and special forces of all generations, proudly carry the rank of guards, confirming in practice their motto: “The strongest wins.”
During the existence of the compound, fourteen servicemen were awarded the high title of Hero of the Russian Federation for courage and heroism.
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