The patch is a rectangular black shield with a rounded top and a double edging of the red and golden colors.
The central figure of the patch is a skull in the black Marines beret (laughing in the face of death) on the background of a red burgee with a golden anchor in the corner.
Red burgee with an anchor is a special feature on the Marines beret.
Black is the official color of the Marines uniform since 1963.
The inscription on the sleeve patch reads: “Naval Infantry”.
The nickname of the Marines: “Black Death”.
At the left and right there are the weaving Navy Banner and the National Flag of Russia (red, blue and white).
The State Emblem represents a golden double-headed eagle crowned with two small crowns, and a big crown above them. In its clutches the eagle holds the scepter and orb. On its chest there is a red shield with a silver rider, on a silver horse, striking with a silver spear a black inverted backward and downtrodden dragon.
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!”