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Old 12-30-2011, 01:13 PM   #1
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Ustinov, Gennadij Vasili'evich, Engineer-Captain 2nd Rank, 845 Representative Office

This fascinating group still has more history behind it to be discovered, but I've done all I can for now. Here is the narrative I have put together based on medal documents, archival documents (typed award card and service record), and some web searching. I am presenting the history this way, in addition to some direct translations, to flesh it out and give it more coherence, and also to try something different. There are some parts I am unsure of, which I’ve noted. Any help filling in the gaps or correcting my misinterpretations would be greatly appreciated.


Gennadiy Vasilievich Ustinov was born in 1932 in Chelyabinsk. He joined the Komsomol in 1946 and completed high school. He enlisted in the navy in 1950, studying at the 2nd Higher Naval Engineering School. By the end of his studies he could manage English with a dictionary. He had also married and had a daughter in 1955. In March of 1956, he was commissioned with the rank of Engineer-Lieutenant and assigned to the new submarine “Б-75” (“Zulu” Class) as commander of the electromechanical group (БЧ-5). The ship was launched in July 1956 and officially entered service in November. A note in the service record probably specifies how the ship spent March through November, but I can’t read it (help please!).

The Б-75 fell under the command of the 161st Brigade, 33rd Submarine Division of the Northern Fleet, based in Polyarny. Ustinov was promoted to Senior Engineer-Lieutenant in August of 1957, probably after the submarine had returned from a summer cruise. He received his first medal, for the 40th Anniversary of the Armed Forces, in July of 1958. That November, he was transferred to the submarine “ Б-74” (also “Zulu” class), where he again commanded the electromechanical group. In October, 1959, Ustinov was promoted to Engineer Captain-Lieutenant. He earned the medal for 10 Years Irreproachable Service in January 1961 (document signed by the commander of the 161st Brigade, Captain 1st Rank Zhujko).

The service record states that Ustinov “departed with submarine as part of the 4th Submarine Squadron of the Northern Fleet” on February 2, 1962. In November, 1962 he was made Assistant Chief of the Electromechanical Service for the 161st Brigade, 4th Submarine Squadron. The next month, he was promoted to Engineer-Captain 3rd Rank. Sometime during that year, he became a full Party member. In January of 1966, he was transferred to the 211th Brigade, where he retained his previous role. He received the Medal for the 20th Anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War in February, 1966 (document signed by the commander of the 161st Brigade, Captain 1st Rank Bashkevich). While the document for this medal indicates Ustinov had already been promoted to Engineer-Captain 2nd Rank by February, his service record shows a promotion in May by order of the Navy Supreme Command (another entry attests this promotion to an order of the Ministry of Defense in December, 1971). Presumably, Ustinov would have received his medal for 15 Years Irreproachable Service around this time, but the document was not filled out after the 10-year award. In February 1968, he received the Medal for the 50th Anniversary of the Soviet Armed Forces (issued at Gadzhievo submarine base and signed by its commander, Captain 1st Rank Zhuravel; award now missing).

I’m not sure of Ustinov’s exact assignments and movements while serving in the 4th Squadron. When was he at sea and when was he at base? There is only one mention of a voyage, and I think it is ambiguous. Since the Б-74 is not mentioned as being part of the 4th Squadron in the entry before that recording Ustinov’s departure, did he travel with that submarine or another? Ustinov’s voyages, and this instance in particular, are of great interest because the 4th Squadron was involved in a number of important missions. These included dangerous patrols off the US coast, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the 6-Day War. I hope to eventually obtain Ustinov’s personal file to see if that can clarify his service. Any assistance in the meantime would be very helpful.

Ustinov became a military representative for Military Representation 4440 of the Ministry of Defense (location unknown) in September, 1969. (According to a Soviet military dictionary, a military representative was responsible for quality control at enterprises manufacturing products for military use. “Военное представительство” is translated literally to “Military Representation.”) He was awarded the Medal for the 100th Anniversary of Lenin’s Birth the next year (issued by the Main Directorate of Navy Shipbuilding and signed by the deputy commander, Captain 1st Rank Droblenkov; the suspension is missing and the medal has replaced that for the 50th Anniversary of the Armed Forces on the bar), and probably his medal for 20 Years Irreproachable Service in 1971. He remained at this post until November 1975, when he was made Senior Military Representative of Military Representation 845, Nikopol, Ukraine.

Some of the most interesting history behind this group, in particular the Order Badge of Honor, would have been lost if I had not been fortunate enough to discover a recent interview (March 2011) from the Nikopol Reporter with an officer who served with Ustinov at this post (I’ll present the full text of the interview in a following post, since the newspaper’s website is down. I hope the paper is still in business.) I’m leaning on a google translator rendition, but I think it is good enough. From the article, we learn that Military Representation 845 was involved in the production of pipes for nuclear submarines. The pipes were secretly shipped from Nikopol to Northern factories, notably Severodvinsk, where most submarines were assembled. Ustinov is pictured in the article in a pixelated scan of a photo from the interviewed officer’s personal album. The caption reads, “1979, 20th anniversary of Military Representation 845. Pier of the YuTZ yacht club. Commanded by Colonel Gennadiy Ustinov. Reports the author.” Ustinov is easily identifiable on the far right on the photo (note the insignia corresponding to captain 2nd rank; the caption gives his rank incorrectly).

Ustinov was awarded the Order of the Badge of Honor (#1,229,679) by the decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of January 23, 1978. My researcher reported that the citation for this award is not available. He did not copy the decree for me either, alleging it was “secret” and too long to copy. I’m skeptical of both these claims, especially since he evidently saw the decree himself and reported it had to do with “new machines.” In any case, Ustinov without a doubt received his award in connection with the production of nuclear submarines. This is supported by his place of service (Military Representation 845), the document for his Lenin medal (issued by the Main Directorate of Navy Shipbuilding), the sign-off on Ustinov’s award record card (attested by the deputy commander of the Main Directorate of Navy Shipbuilding), and also several mentions of awards to people involved in submarine production from the same decree. These include two Heroes of Socialist Labor: V. M. Vershinin, a systems adjustor for submarine reactors at the Severodvinsk yards, was awarded his Hero title by the decree of January 23, 1978, “for outstanding achievements in the creation and production of new, special techniques (nuclear submarine project 667BDR [“Delta III” class by NATO designation]).” A. I. Makarenko, chief engineer for the Severodvinsk shipyards, was awarded an Order of the October Revolution, probably for the same project since he would have directed it (he received his Hero title and several Orders of Lenin for other design and management successes). It is possible that Ustinov’s work was related to the “Delta III” class as well.

Ustinov received the medal for the 60th Anniversary of the Soviet Armed Forces in March, 1978 (document signed by District Engineer 1783 Military Representation Captain 1st Rank V. Isupov). He earned his last official award, the medal for a Veteran of the Armed Forces, in June, 1984 (issued by Main Directorate of Navy Shipbuilding and document signed by the commander, Vice-Admiral V. A. Rudakov). Ustinov’s very last awards were the unofficial medals for a Veteran of the Navy and for the 100th Anniversary of the Russian Submarine Fleet (February and March, 2006, respectively, with both documents signed by head of the St. Petersburg Naval Engineering Institute Counter-Admiral N. P. Martinov). Presumably, Captain Ustinov has since passed away.


In the following posts I’ll attach scans of the various medal and archival documents. Please let me know if I can provide more detailed scans.

For other Cold War submarine groups, please see:
http://soviet-awards.com/forum/sovie...1-10486-a.html
and
http://soviet-awards.com/forum/sovie...nnumbered.html

and for a WW2 navy production-related group (which happens to be in my collection):
http://soviet-awards.com/forum/sovie...-maevskii.html


Again, comments and assistance would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for reading. :thumbsup

Alex
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Re: Engineer-Captain 2nd Rank Gennadiy Vasilievich Ustinov

Decree of 23.1.78
Record Card

Order Booklet “I” 352818

1. Last name: Ustinov
2. First name and patronymic: Gennadiy Vasilievich
3. Rank: Captain 2nd Rank - Engineer
4. Sex: Male
5. Birth year: 1932
6. Birthplace: Chereminskaya, Chelyabinsk oblast
7. Party membership: Member of the CPSU since 1962
8. Education: high
9. Nationality: Russian
10. Since what date in the Red Army: 1950
11. Place of service and duty position at time of awarding: Senior Military Representative, 845 Military Representation
12. Place of service and duty position at current time: Senior Military Representative, 845 Military Representation
13. Home address of the awarded: Nikolov, 186 Shevchenko Boulevard, apartment 84

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14. Listing of all awards received:

Order of the Badge of Honor 1229679 “I” 352818 Decree of 23.1.78

Signature of the awarded ______[signed]_________

Correctness of data
and signature of the awarded
attested by:
Assistant Chief Military Post 31270 A. Babushkin [signed]

22, February 1978

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Nice to see the "organisation" awards appropriately attached to an official group. Shame there's no federal Medal "300 Years Of The Russian Navy" attached to the group.
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Medal documents chronologically:

Medal for the 40th Anniversary of the Armed Forces
Medal for 10 Years Irreproachable Service
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Medal for the 20th Anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War
Medal for the 50th Anniversary of the Armed Forces
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Medal for the 100th Anniversary of Lenin's Birth
Medal for the 60th Anniversary of the Armed Forces
Medal for an Armed Forces Veteran
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Medal for a Veteran of the Soviet Navy
Medal for the 100th Anniversary of the Russian Submarine Fleet
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And the text of the Nikopol Reporter article, part 1:




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Что может быть общего между Никополем и атомным подводным флотом? Как трубники вносили вклад в гонку вооружений? И что делали военные моряки на ЮТЗ? Сегодня «Репортер» приоткрывает малоизвестную, а теперь уже и вообще призабытую страницу истории военных представителей и производства труб для нужд Военно-Морского флота СССР

Виталий КЛЕЩ,
ветеран труда, ул. Усова


Я – военпред!
Я окончил в 1959 г. Днепропетровский металлургический институт. Стипендия была
395 руб. на первом курсе и
490 руб. – на пятом (тех, еще дохрущевских, рублей). С трудом ее хватало, и то не всегда. И, как результат, я нажил в студенческие годы (в дополнение к высшему образованию) гастрит.
Вернулся в Никополь, стал мастером на ЮТЗ. От строителей принимал в апреле 1960 г. отдел электрополировки труб ТВЦ-2. Мы осваивали все новые и новые размеры труб и марки сталей, которые использовались в строительстве атомных подводных лодок. Наш цех работал в три смены. Вскоре мой организм стал протестовать против трехсменки. Обследовавший меня врач категорически потребовал сменить характер работы.
Перешел старшим инженером в лабораторию холодной деформации Центральной заводской лаборатории. Меня, как практика-цеховика, взяли с удовольствием.
Но в марте 1962 г. судьба круто изменилась. Прямо на мостике, ведущем к ЦХВ-1, я встретил старшего военпреда ЮТЗ Павла Махалина.


– Слушай, иди ко мне, предстоит расширение штата.
Так я стал военным представителем, правда, сначала на правах вольнонаемного, штатского. Но через четыре года еще раз произошло расширение штата, и мне присвоили звание лейтенанта Военно-Морского флота (до этого я имел звание младшего лейтенанта запаса, полученное на военной кафедре института).
В январе 1966 г. поехал в Москву на представление в Главное управление кораблестроения. Там чуть не возник скандал, когда выяснилось, что я беспартийный. Представляете, что такое беспартийный офицер в те времена? Выручил мой начальник:
– Он уже кандидат в члены партии. Просто в комсомоле был до последнего звонка.
Кандидатом меня приняли сразу по возвращении в Никополь. (Из партии я уже не выходил, партбилет и учетная карточка и сейчас лежат у меня дома. Считаю себя членом КПСС. А нынешнюю КПУ не считаю коммунистической. Не может быть таковой партия, получающая поддержку от олигархов и проводящая совместную с ними политику.)
Занимался военной приемкой по всем цехам. Трубы шли на военные заводы Ленинграда, Северодвинска, Горького, Хабаровска, Комсомольска-на-Амуре. Подводные лодки с атомными двигателями строили на четырех заводах. Даже в Горьком (нынешний Нижний Новгород), на Волге, вдалеке от моря, как ни странно, строили атомные подлодки! Об этом мало кто знал. Их камуфлировали под баржи и по системе каналов перевозили на Белое море, а оттуда – на базы Северного флота. Атомный реактор на них устанавливали уже в Северодвинске.
Почтовый ящик № 1 – это Северодвинск, п/я № 2 – Балтийский завод в Ленинграде, п/я № 3 – подмосковный город Электросталь и т. д. Именно в Электростали (65 км от Москвы в сторону Горького) находился единственный в Советском Союзе сверхсекретный завод по производству атомных реакторов для подлодок. Я дважды в год ездил туда в командировки.
Только с ТВЦ-4 через наши руки проходило такой продукции на 20 млн. рублей ежегодно. Ни одна советская атомная подводная лодка не была спущена со стапелей без нашей продукции, ни одна! С одной стороны, этим сейчас можно гордиться. С другой.… Именно гонка вооружений (особенно флотских, что странно для сухопутной державы) и погубила Советский Союз. На момент развала СССР у нас (как пишет бывший начальник Техуправления Северного флота адмирал Николай Мормуль) было 263 атомных подлодки, а дизельных, разумеется, – намного больше.

Справка «Репортера»
Николай Мормуль (1933-2008), контр-адмирал. Служил на первой советской атомной подлодке «Ленинский комсомол» (К-3). В 1977 г. защитил кандидатскую диссертацию, в 1978 г. назначен начальником Технического управления Северного флота, в 1982 г. был представлен к Государственной премии СССР, но уже на следующий год обвинен в превышении должностных полномочий и злоупотреблении служебным положением. В 1983-1989 гг. находился в заключении. После освобождения вел активную общественную деятельность, являлся членом Союза писателей РФ.

Мы именовались военным представительством № 845 Главного управления кораблестроения Министерства обороны СССР, оно было организовано в 1959 г. Наш региональный руководитель (в ранге капитана 1-го ранга) находился в Жданове (нынешний Мариуполь), туда каждые полгода мы возили отчеты.
Постепенно я рос в звании, дослужился до майора, 17 лет был на должности внештатного заместителя старшего военпреда. А когда она была официально узаконена, меня «подсидели», не дали полгода дослужить до 25 лет. Поэтому я не ветеран Вооруженных Сил.
1990-е запомнились нищенской военной пенсией. У меня, офицера, она была намного ниже, чем у выходивших на пенсию позднее прапорщиков. Это был просто позор, а не пенсия. Едва став в 2005 г. премьер-министром, Юлия Тимошенко подняла пенсии военных, жить стало легче.
Композитор Григорий Поженян «погиб» под Одессой, а после войны писал песни
Жизнь подарила мне встречи со многими интересными людьми. В 1972 г. я отдыхал в санатории ВМФ в Юрмале. Стоял октябрь, было холодно, поэтому купались в закрытом бассейне. Там я познакомился с невысоким пузатеньким мужичком. Мы с ним посещали бассейн по времени – 45 минут перед ужином. Поскольку было запрещено прыгать в воду, он меня просил отвлечь наблюдающую за порядком медсестру. Пока я заговаривал ей зубы, мужичок сиганул в воду. Разумеется, всплеск был слышен далеко.
– Опять вы нарушаете, Григорий Михайлович, – пристыдила его медсестра.
– А кто это? – удивился я. – Вы его знаете?
– Ну, как же не знать? Это же Григорий Поженян.
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