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 inscription at the top of the sleeve patch reads: “RUSSIA”, at the bottom – “SUBMARINE FORCES”.
Submarine Forces is a branch of the Navy, including the nuclear-powered strategic missile submarines and nuclear multipurpose submarines.
Unlike other branches of the Navy, the Submarine Forces, being a shock force of the fleet, have several properties that determine their advantage in warfare at sea: stealth, the ability to conduct military operations in all areas of the oceans, the ability to deliver powerful nuclear missile strikes on important militarily targets of the enemy and most effectively conduct combat operations against surface ships, submarines, transport vessels of the enemy.
They have the ability to operate under the ice of the Arctic Basin regardless of the environmental conditions of the area.