Dog tag “Navy Units of the Border Guards Service” (Skull) is made of stainless steel with enamel.
It is the image of the flag of the ships and boats of the Border Troops overlaid with the symbol of the “dead head” in a black cap.
The basis of the flag is the Navy (St. Andrew’s) Russian flag: a waving green cloth with dark blue diagonal cross edged with white stripe.
At the top of the tag is the inscription: “RUSSIA”, at the bottom – an abbreviation: “VMF” which stands for “Navy”.
The obverse of the tag provides blank space for the possibility of inscribing personal data, such as blood type, number of military unit, personal number, etc.
St. Andrew’s flag is the Navy flag of the Russian Empire, approved by Tsar Peter I in 1699, and modern Russia. It is a white cloth with two diagonal blue stripes, forming a slanted cross. This “St. Andrew’s” cross gave the name to the flag, since it resembles the form of the cross on which the patron saint of Russia – Apostle Andrew the First-Called – martyred.
The green color of the flag is the traditional color of Russian border guards’ uniform. Since the land border of Russia is 13,747 miles (22,125 kilometers), it is not a surprise that green has become characteristic and symbolic for Soviet and then Russian border guards.
The skull symbolizes fearlessness in the face of danger and death. The skull as it is means: I was close to death. The skull emblem originated from the pirates’, and the like daredevils’, tattoos.
In the Soviet and then the Russian army, this emblem is associated with the wars in Afghanistan and Chechnya.
The “dead head” still remains one of the most widely used emblems among military companies of several countries of the world.
Among bikers the skull commonly symbolizes bringing victory and protection from death. There is a legend that whenever death comes, it puts its mark on the deceased – a skull, and if someone already has this sign, death thinks she has already been there and does not take the man away.