A round black fabric patch with a red edging.
In the center, on the background of a golden anchor is an image of a polar bear, which is the emblem of the Brigade and symbolizes the area of its location.
Below is the curly St. George’s ribbon indicating belonging to the Guards. At the top – the combat name of the Brigade.
The elements of the emblem:
The anchor entwined with a rope is the common emblem of the Soviet Marines since 1963.
The polar bear is the only host of the North.
The Guards ribbon symbolizes the achievements in the strengthening of the defense of the state.
The black and yellow colors of the Guards ribbon mean “smoke and flames” and symbolize personal prowess on the battlefield.
Black is the traditional color of the Marines beret.
The red edging is the hallmark of the Coastal Troops of the Russian Navy.
When entering the 61st Guards Marines Brigade, hanging on the Headquarters building there is the inscription: “Untamed offensive outburst, daring maneuver and rapidity, selfless courage and highest valor, strong fighting friendship, contempt for death, fierce hatred of the enemy – this is the glory of the Marine Corps!”
During World War II, two separate brigades, several regiments and battalions of the Marines (total amount – more than 10 thousand men) were formed of the sailors of the Northern Fleet. In the fighting on the land front they showed exemplary valor, courage and heroism.
The 61st Rifle Regiment was formed on May 5, 1943 on the basis of the 2nd Separate Battalion of the 67th Marines Rifle Brigade. Fighting on the Karelian front since August 8, 1943, the Regiment had distinguished during the Petsamo-Kirkenes operation.
The fortress-port of Kirkenes was taken on October 25, 1944, after a fierce assault. And the Regiment was awarded the Order of the Red Banner and the honorary title “Kirkenesky” for heroism and courage performed during the operation.
Since August 1956 the Regiment was located in the village of Sputnik in the Murmansk Region.
On December 1979, the Regiment was converted to the 61st Separate Brigade of the Marines of the Northern Fleet. During the period from 1967 to 1990, the Marines for 28 times took part in distant sea cruises with stops in Egypt, Syria, Angola, Benin, Guinea and other countries. At this time of peace 33 soldiers were awarded combat decorations.
In 1995, the Separate Air Assault Battalion of the Brigade participated in special purpose operations in the North Caucasus. Performing the combat duty, 68 Marines were killed, 252 injured. For bravery and courage 6 men were awarded the title of the “Hero of Russia”.