The motto on the blue figured ribbon reads: “DUTY, COURAGE, HONOR.”
On the reverse side the pin badge has a screw for fastening it to the military uniform .
The cross is the symbol of Russian fidelity to the historical tradition of rewarding soldiers, sailors and junior officers with the badges of the Order of St. George.
The dolphin is the emblem of the Marine Corps of the Baltic Fleet, the symbol of sea power, security and speed.
The crossed swords are the most common traditional symbol of the armed struggle. The swords’ edges are pointed upwards, which symbolises the constant combat readiness of the troops.
The emblem of the Russian Armed Forces points at the relation to the Russian Army and represents an image of a golden double-headed eagle with outstretched wings, holding a sword (a symbol of the protection of the Fatherland) in its right paw, and a laurel wreath (a symbol of glory, victory and peace) in its left paw. On the eagle’s chest there is a shield surmounted with a crown. In the red field of the shield there is a horseman slaying a dragon with his spear.
The chest pin badge (decoration) is awarded to the military personnel of lower ranks who serve in the Marine Corps of the Russian Baltic Fleet or have served for at least 1 year. It is awarded for the exemplary performance of the military duty, excellent performance in combat training, good results in mastering and exploiting of weapons and military equipment, the successful fulfilment of special tasks and other distinctions shown in the performance of military duty.
The Marines is a sort of coastal corps of the Russian Navy.
The Marines is used on the sea-borne troops for conducting combat operations. Both with the ground forces and independently. Besides, the task of the Marine Corps is to defend the coast (naval bases, ports).
The Baltic Fleet is “the cradle” of the regular Marine Corps. On November 16, 1705 by the order of the Emperor Peter I started the formation of the marines regiment destined for boarding, landing and combatant service on ships. Since then, the marine regiments and battalions of the Baltic Fleet took part in each war of Russia.
During World War II 100,000 Baltic sailors, included to numerous brigades, regiments and battalions, took part in the defeat of the Nazi troops near Leningrad (now St. Peterborough), in the Baltics, East Prussia, having laid the foundation of the modern use of the Marine Corps.