Submarine Chaser MO-IV is a legendary soviet military boat, which can be called a mini-cruiser. The frontier guards were the first troops in the USSR who had wooden patrol boats, but such high qualities as seaworthiness, speed, maneuverability gave them the green light.
After some modifications and installation of anti-submarine rig they became submarine chasers. Three rudders and three engines provided the boat with high speed and reliable control. The hull lines were also a success. A tiny “MO” did not capsize in storm and could easily ride the waves. “The underwater exhaust” of the engines reduced the noise coming from the boat. It was extremely important for sudden and covert operations, especially by night.
With a length of 88 and width of 13 ft their displacement was about 56 tons. The boat had a three-layer wooden planking. Nine watertight compartments made it wonderfully unsinkable – there were cases when the boats arrived the base even without a bow. Being invulnerable due to small displacement, small sizes and maneuverability, these ships were intended for operations against enemy submarines in coastal areas. They were armed with two guns, two heavy machine guns, depth charges and equipped with fathometer.
The Second World War has expanded the scope of tactical employment of the Chasers. They served hard from the first to the last days of the war. Submarine Chasers landed troops and intelligence officers in the rear of the enemy, destroyed the enemy’s weapon emplacements; were on patrols and guarded fairways; mined the enemy’s coasts, often entering unequal battles with the fascist boats and their aircrafts. Finally, tireless MOs guarded vehicles in convoys, escorted submarines to the point of immersion and met them after the campaign.
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The cockade with the “Red Star” emblem was intended to be worn on a military headdress (garrison cap, panama hat, or beret) by the junior leaders of recruitment, the rank and file soldiers and sailors, cadets of military schools, Suvorov military and Nakhimov naval cadets.
The cockade is a five-pointed star with the hammer and sickle.
The cockade is fastened with a clamper (or “the barbs”). The method of painting – cold enamel.
The tiny lapel pin badge of the servicemen of the Special Purpose Detachment of the Interior Troops of Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs (MVD).
The emblem stands for the years of glorious fighting history. Initially it belonged to the first created in the USSR special actions group “Vityaz” (Knight-errant). The fist over the machine gun shortly and clearly shows force and confidence. Further this emblem was borrowed by the majority of the special forces detachments.
The ID pin badge of the operatives and soldiers of the Police Riot Squad Special is to be attached to the upper garment and a special outfit: body armor, individual tactical load-bearing vest.
The pin badge is a goldish metal star of twelve rounded points formed by the beams radiating from the center of convex polished rays.
The chest pin badge (insignia) of the servicemen of the 3rd Separate Special Purpose Brigade of Belorussian Interior Troops.
The symbol of the Brigade is the lynx – a Belorussian forester. It is a slick, fast, accurate and at the same time cunning and clever beast. Obviously, Belarusian commandos and consider themselves the owners of the same qualities.