The naval flag of the USSR represents a white cloth with a blue strip going along the lower selvage of the flag. In the left part there is a red five-point star turned up. In the right part of the cloth there are crossed sickle and hammer of red color – the symbol of unity of the workers and peasants.
Down the relief image of the ship stands the text: “Polnochny-Class Landing Ship”. Over the figured ribbon stands its abbreviation: “SDK”.
All the pins from the series are made of aluminum alloy with the safety pin fastening. The method of painting is cold enamel.
Polnochny-class landing ships are a big series of specialized landing ships, built in the 1960s-1970s for the USSR at the Northern Shipyard in Gdansk, Poland. Prior to 1963 they were classified as tank landing ships.
In all, from 1964 to 1986 there were built 107 ships of this type and their modifications. Polnochny-class landing ships of these projects were part of not only the Soviet Navy, but also of Poland, Vietnam, Egypt, Algeria, Libya, Yemen, Ethiopia, Cuba, Syria, Bulgaria and India. The last ship of this type was built in 2002 according to the modified project for Yemen.
Ships of this project won appreciation in the countries of their exploitation. The advantages of these landing ships include structural simplicity, low cost and operation economy, rational principles for placing troops, a small crew, the availability of multiple rocket launcher systems. Dimensions: length – 240 ft, width – 31 ft, draft – 7 ft. Speed – 18 knots. Range: 3,000 miles. Capacity: 6 medium tanks, 180 paratroopers or 350 tons of cargo. Crew: 37 men.