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 full-dress sleeve insignia of the Spetsnaz of Russian Armed Forces.
A round blue patch with a wide yellow (golden) edging.
The emblem in the center is the general image of the Special Forces, it is a relief image of the bat with spread wings on the background of a stylized image of the grid of a telescopic sight.
This emblem is called “the small flag” or sometimes “the Guards angle”.
The patch in the form of the stylised State Flag was accepted in the Soviet Army for wearing on the berets to the left of the cockade. It was worn by all ranks – from a seaman to a commander.
Approved on June 26,1969.
Sleeve insignia of belonging to the bodies of the Federal Security Service (FSB).
Approved on August 25, 2011.
The patch for the field uniform represents a fabric rhombus stripe with a greenish-brown edging the heraldic emblem of the bodies of the Federal Security Service in the center.
The upper cockade of the Russian Armed Forces is a custom metal sign on the military headdress (service cap). It was approved in 1998 and is applied to the present time.
The cockade represents the emblem of the Russian Armed Forces in the form of a golden double-headed eagle with outstretched wings, holding a sword (a symbol of readiness to defend the Fatherland) and a laurel wreath (a symbol of glory and honor).
The cockade and the emblem to the ceremonial full-dress service cap and peakless cap of the sergeants and petty officers of the service for a fixed period (conscription recruitment), soldiers, sailors, military students (academy men), Suvorov military and Nakhimov naval cadets.
The ceremonial and full dress uniform for the Soviet Army ranks and sergeants of the service for a fixed period (conscription recruitment) was established in 1969.
The cockade of Russian Navy admirals, designed to be worn on the cap bands, framed with golden sewing in the form of a wreath of laurel branches and oak leaves.
The cockade of the flag officers of the Fleet is made of anodized goldish metal in the form of the oval Navy cockade topped with the emblem of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation.