A quadrangular shield with a peaked tip, concave sides at the top and a convex head.
The patch is divided into two fields. The field with the heraldic shield bears the head of a panther – the mascot of the boat K-317’s crew. In the panther’s teeth there is a broken U.S. submarine of the “Ohio” type.
The number “24” at the bottom of the patch indicates belonging to the 24th Division of nuclear submarines. The blue-and-white St. Andrew’s flag denotes belonging to Russian Navy.
The inscription at the upper arc field reads: “Nuclear-Powered Submarine Division of the Northern Fleet.”
The second nuclear-powered submarine of the Project 317 – K- 971 “Panthera” (serial #822) – entered the Soviet Navy on December 27, 1990.
The building of the submarine began in 1986 in Severodvinsk. Still unfinished, she was enrolled in the lists of the Navy ships.
The submarine was named “Pantera”, in the memory of another submarine, which in 1919 opened the combat score of the Soviet sailors. That boat was known for sinking the British destroyer HMS “Vittoria” during the English intervention to the Soviet Russia.
The next 9 years of the submarine passed with constant outputs on combat duty.
In 1996, during a military campaign, due to the accident in the refrigeration system, freon began entering compartments, but the crew was able to eliminate the fault themselves, without surfacing.
In January 1999, the commander of the “Pantera” was awarded the title of the Hero of Russia for courage in the line of duty in the circumstances involving a risk to life. Since the Soviet times the submariners’ fighting motto is: “Better to die than to surface.”
Currently the submarine is in fighting lists of the Russian Northern Fleet and regularly carries her military service.
The 24th division includes nuclear-powered submarines: K- 480 “Bars” (Pard), K- 317 “Pantera” (Panther), K- 461 “Volk” (Wolf), K- 328 “Leopard”, K- 154 “Tigr” (Tiger), K- 157 “Vepr” (Boar), K-335 “Gepard” (Cheetah), K-333 “Rys” (Lynx), K- 337 “Kuguar” (Cougar).