The unique form of the patch can not be described in heraldic terms.
The central figure of the patch is a skull in the black Marines beret, laughing in the face of death.
The nickname of the Marines: “Black Death”.
The skull is depicted with a wreath of oak and laurel leaves intertwined with the Guards ribbon.
The black and yellow colors of the Guards ribbon mean “smoke and flames” and symbolize personal prowess on the battlefield.
At the top of the sleeve patch, on the cords of the opened parachute? There is the general Marine Corps emblem – the golden anchor entwined with a rope.
The open parachute symbolizes the willingness to fight not only at sea, but in the air and on land.
At the left and right, on the golden staffs, there are the weaving Navy Banner and the National Flag of Russia (red, blue and white).
The inscription on the curly ribbon at the bottom of the patch is the motto of the Marines: “WHERE WE ARE, THERE THE 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!”