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Badge in Commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of EPRON - PSS (Naval Search and Rescue Service), 1991.

Aluminum, enamel paint, 40.6 x 26.4 mm. Raised mint mark "LMD" (Leningrad Mint) on the reverse. The badge is in excellent condition.

This is one of the last naval badges of the Soviet era (the Soviet Union collapsed in December of 1991.) ЭПРОН (EPRON) is Russian abbreviation for "Expedition of Special Purpose Scuba Diving Works" or in other words, elite scuba diving outfit for underwater rescue and recovery operations. Although the unit only came into existence in 1923, after the Civil War, the decree about its creation was issued

Aluminum, enamel paint, 40.6 x 26.4 mm. Raised mint mark "LMD" (Leningrad Mint) on the reverse. The badge is in excellent condition.

This is one of the last naval badges of the Soviet era (the Soviet Union collapsed in December of 1991.) ЭПРОН (EPRON) is Russian abbreviation for "Expedition of Special Purpose Scuba Diving Works" or in other words, elite scuba diving outfit for underwater rescue and recovery operations. Although the unit only came into existence in 1923, after the Civil War, the decree about its creation was issued back in 1921, and therefore the latter date is considered the founding year of the unit. Later, in the 60s, the PSS Search and Rescue Service (Поисково-Спасательная Служба) was created within the Soviet Navy with the primary purpose of saving cosmonauts landing on water. The service was indeed instrumental in saving lives of at least one pair of cosmonauts, not to mention many pilots and sailors. Later, it merged with the Naval Accident Rescue Service) into a single PSS agency.

The badge was apparently awarded to one of the veterans of this elite Soviet scuba diving service.
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