When entering the 61st Guards Marines Brigade, hanging on the Headquarters building there is the inscription:
“Untamed offensive outburst, daring maneuver and rapidity, selfless courage and highest valor, strong fighting friendship, contempt for death, fierce hatred of the enemy – this is the glory of the Marine Corps!”
During World War II, two separate brigades, several regiments and battalions of the Marines (total amount – more than 10 thousand men) were formed of the sailors of the Northern Fleet. In the fighting on the land front they showed exemplary valor, courage and heroism.
The 61st Rifle Regiment was formed on May 5, 1943 on the basis of the 2nd Separate Battalion of the 67th Marines Rifle Brigade. Fighting on the Karelian front since August 8, 1943, the Regiment had distinguished during the Petsamo-Kirkenes operation.
The fortress-port of Kirkenes was taken on October 25, 1944, after a fierce assault. And the Regiment was awarded the Order of the Red Banner and the honorary title “Kirkenesky” for heroism and courage performed during the operation.
Since August 1956 the Regiment was located in the village of Sputnik in the Murmansk Region.
On December 1979, the Regiment was converted to the 61st Separate Brigade of the Marines of the Northern Fleet. During the period from 1967 to 1990, the Marines for 28 times took part in distant sea cruises with stops in Egypt, Syria, Angola, Benin, Guinea and other countries. At this time of peace 33 soldiers were awarded combat decorations.
In 1995, the Separate Air Assault Battalion of the Brigade participated in special purpose operations in the North Caucasus. Performing the combat duty, 68 Marines were killed, 252 injured. For bravery and courage 6 men were awarded the title of the “Hero of Russia”.
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The sleeve insignia of the 25th Separate Special Actions Detachment of the Interior Troops.
The entire history of the military unit is connected with the constant use of working dogs. Therefore the sleeve patch’s emblem is a black shield with a golden edging, at the center of which is the common heraldic symbol of the Russian Interior Ministry (a sword and a shield) supplemented by a double-headed dog looking in different directions.
At the top of the sleeve patch there is a common emblem of Spetsnaz MVD (MIA Special Forces).
The common sleeve insignia of all units and special actions detachments of the Interior Troops.
The central image of the sleeve patch is a fist clenched on the background of the five-pointed star – a symbol of unity, friendship and combat brotherhood, and a Kalashnikov assault rifle – a symbol of readiness to defend the Fatherland.
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.