The insignia is a round black fabric patch with a yellow (golden) edging.
The central figure of the patch is the image of a silver seahorse – the symbol of the Northern Fleet Submarine Forces.
A seahorse’s eyes rotate independently of each other, so it is also a symbol of vigilance.
At the bottom of the patch is framed with an oak-and-laurel wreath – a symbol of glory and honor, fidelity to martial traditions.
At the base of the wreath there is a golden anchor with a plate with the number of the flotilla attached to it.
The text at the top of the patch reads “STRATEGIC FORCES”.
The seahorse is borrowed from the official emblem of the city of Zaozersk – the deployment place of the flotilla’s headquarters.
The 3rd Flotilla of Strategic Submarines of the Northern Fleet was established in 1969. Its core was formed of the 18th, 31st and 16th divisions.
During more than thirty years of its existence, the submariners of the unique flotilla have mastered seven types of most modern strategic nuclear missile submarines, made nearly a thousand of trips on combat patrols. The total diving time of the flotilla is more than a century, and the total sailing distance is more than 6 million miles.
The flotilla’s sailors were in the depths of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, under the pack ice of the Arctic Ocean, in the Bermuda Triangle and around Cape Horn, they used to repeatedly surface at the North Pole.
On September 1, 2002 the flotilla was reorganized as the 12th Squadron.
Interesting facts from the history of the flotilla:
1969 – the first experimental missile submarine dive to the depth of 400 m;
1969 – the world’s first successfully completed shooting with 8 ballistic missiles in a single salvo from a submarine;
1982 – successfully completed missile firing done from an ice-hole in the pack ice of the Arctic;
1991 – the world’s first successfully completed shooting with 16 ballistic missiles in a single salvo from a submarine;
1995 – the completed launch of ballistic missile from the Barents Sea. The launched module with scientific equipment and mail flew on the suborbital trajectory almost 9 thousand km, and in 20 min. after its launch landed in Kamchatka. This launch was marked in the Guinness Book of Records as the fastest delivery of mail;
1998 – a German commercial spacecraft “Tubsat –H” was first in the world launched into orbit by a ballistic missile.