The prototype of the commemorative order “For Service in the Marine Corps of the Northern Fleet” was the Imperial Order of St. Equal to the Apostles Grand Duke Vladimir, established in 1782, which motto was: “Benefit, Honor and Glory.”
The Order is made of metal with enamel and gilt, in the form of an eight-pointed star, formed by two superposed four-pointed (rhombus) stars. Each of them consists of 32 beams coming from the centre of the sun.
In the middle of the star there is superimposed Hall anchor, which frames the medallion with a rim and a relief emblem of the Marine Corps of the Northern Fleet. On the black rim with the image of an anchor chain there are golden-lettered inscription: “Marine Corps”.
On the reverse side the order has a screw with a nut for fastening it to the military uniform.
The white bear is the symbol of the Marine Corps of the Northern Fleet of the USSR and Russia. The white bear is the absolute host of the North. The anchor with a chain is the symbol of belonging to the Navy.