The distinctive feature of first Soviet and then Russian Naval Infantry uniform is a black beret along with a striped vest. The beret is worn with the cockade of 32 faceted rays and the Admiralty anchor entwined with a rope, and the special hallmark of a red triangular flag with a small golden anchor in the corner.
The emblem is a combination of the state flags of the USSR and modern Russia, representing the continuity of the Marine and Army traditions.
The Soviet State Flag is the personification of the Revolution, a symbol of strength and courage. The white-blue-red flag (tricolor) symbolizes: white – peace, purity, chastity; blue – faith, loyalty and truth; red – persistence, energy, blood shed for the Fatherland.
The Admiralty anchor symbolizes belonging to the Navy.
Golden is the color of generosity.
The nickname of the Marines: “Black Death”.
Motto: “Where we are, there victory is!”
The Marines is a kind of the coastal troops of Russian Navy.
The Naval Infantry is used for combat operations as a part of amphibious assault, both in conjunction with the Army, and independently. Also, the tasks Marines include providing coast defense (naval bases, ports).
The first Russian special team of Marines was formed in 1698 from the crew of the ship “Oryol” (Eagle). After the victory over the Swedes, Peter I decided to create a whole regiment, based on the naval squads of the Baltic Fleet.
The sailors in vests and peakless caps fought in the Battle of Borodino and the Crimean War, crushed Nazi invaders, fought in Angola, Vietnam, Syria, Egypt, Guinea, Afghanistan, Chechnya. Currently, the Marines take part in the fight against Somali pirates.
At the disposal of the modern Russian Navy Infantry are automatic small arms, tanks, artillery, anti-tank and anti-aircraft guns, floating armored personnel carriers.
The Marines are part of all Russian fleets – the Northern, the Pacific, the Baltic, the Black Sea and the Caspian Flotilla.
“Invincible offensive outburst, daring maneuver and rapidity, selfless courage and high valor, strong combat friendship, scorn of death, fierce hatred for the enemy – this is the strength of the glorious Marines!”