The Battalion is a part of the 61st Marine Infantry Brigade, bearing the Combat Name “Kirkenes”, of the Northern Fleet.
The 876th Separate Air Assault Battalion was formed on November 11, 1979.
On January 1, 1985 the Battalion was declared a military unit of constant combat readiness.
On January 7, 1995 it was directed the North Caucasus to restore constitutional order in the Chechen Republic.
In the second Chechen War the fighters of the Battalion performed feats of courage and heroism, proving that they were worthy of the loud glory of their forefathers, who smashed German mountain rangers of the selected division “Edelweiss” during the Second World War. The horror induced by the marines was so huge that German soldiers called them “Black Death”.
On the eve of the New 2000 Year, on the nameless height marked 1406, the 2nd platoon of the 2nd Airborne Assault Company of the 876th Battalion took an unequal battle against several times overwhelming them gangs of terrorist bandit underground. The marines, led by the platoon commander lieutenant Yuri Kuryagin and captain Alexei Milashevich, took the unequal battle. In the first minutes of the battle all the officers were killed, and the command was assumed by sergeant Vladimir Tatashvili. Even the dead soldiers terrified the enemy. Unfortunately, the marines had no chance to see the dawn of the new day. As a result of the ill- night battle 12 “black berets” died the death of a hero, taking more than 40 militants with them, but stopped the bandits.
For courage and heroism performed, the marines were posthumously awarded orders, and the platoon commander Lieutenant Kuryagin and sergeant Tatashvili were awarded the highest award – the title of the Hero of Russia, also posthumously.
The Battalion returned to its native village “Sputnik” on June 20, 2000.
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Dog tag “St. George Killing the Dragon” is made of stainless steel with enamel.
It is a picture of the silver rider in a red coat, wearing a helmet and armor, striking a black overturned dragon, which is downtrodden by the horse, with a silver spear.
The upper part of the tag is decorated with traditional ornament and inscription in Slavic letters “ST. GEORGE THE GREAT MARTYR.”
Dog tag “Special force” (Skull) is made of stainless steel with enamel.
It is a relief image of the “dead head” in a black beret with crossed swords, set over the silhouette of a bat with spread wings on the background of a stylized image of the grid of a telescopic sight.
At the bottom of the tag there is the inscription: “Special Forces”.
The dog tag is made of stainless steel with enamel.
Horizontally it is divided into two equal parts painted in the colors of the national flag of Ukraine: the upper part is blue, the bottom is yellow.
The dog tag is a relief image of the emblem of the Ukraine Ministry of Emergency Situations (FEMA).