The sign is a fabric patch in the form of a black pentagonal elongated downwards shield with a curved top and goldish edging.
In the center of the sign there is the image of the waving naval (St. Andrew’s) flag.
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.
On the officers’ sleeve patches there is also the emblem of the Navy, imposed over the flag.
The emblem represents a golden double-headed eagle with outstretched wings, holding two silver admiralty anchors crossed behind its back. On the eagle’s chest there is a red triangular elongated down shield with a stock rising to the crown. In the shield there is a horseman slaying a dragon.
The inscription at the top of the sleeve patch reads: “RUSSIA”, at the bottom – “BLACK SEA FLEET.”
The Navy, being a part of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, is destined to armed protection of Russia’s interests, combat actions at sea and oceanic theaters of war.
The Navy is able to deliver nuclear strikes against enemy targets on land, destroy the groupings of its fleet at sea and the bases, disrupt ocean and sea communications of the enemy and protect the marine transportation, assist Land Forces in operations at continental theaters of war, make sea landings, participate in the reflection of the enemy’s landings and perform other tasks.
The Russian Navy includes surface and submarine forces, naval aviation and coastal troops (Marine Corps and coastal defense forces), as well as ships and vessels, and units of special purpose.
In addition, there is the Navy Hydrographic Service.
The Russian Navy includes: the Baltic Fleet, the North Fleet, the Black Sea Fleet, the Pacific Fleets and the Caspian Flotilla.