The central figure of the sleeve patch is the bison, considered in the mythology of the western Slavs as the epitome of strength and nobility. The bison is also a historical symbol of the city of Kaunas, where the division was formed and dislocated for more than 45 years.
The blue and the green are the Airborne banner. They symbolize the ability to conduct combat operations both in the air and on the ground.
The blue color is a symbol of purity and fidelity.
Green is a symbol of growth and development.
A parachute with soaring wings is the symbol of the “winged infantry”, a means of delivery of the paratroopers to the battlefield.
During World War II, the division fought its way through Hungary, Austria and Czechoslovakia. The paratroopers show specific fighting skills in the reflection of the superior forces of the SS troops at the Battle of Lake Balaton (Hungary), and at the siezure of Vienna.
The division performed peacekeeping missions in Azerbaijan and Abkhazia.
In 1993, the division was moved from Kaunas to Novorossiysk.
In April, 1995 the paratroopers of the division obtained reflected themselves with the everlasting glory during the assault of a cement plant near Chiri-Yurt (Chechnya), which for was seized within several hours without a loss, after several unsuccessful attempts taken by the motorized infantry units.
The Novorossiysk paratroopers’ landing operations near Vedeno and Shatoy played a key role in the defeating of the Chechen gangs during the first Chechen campaign.
The Novorossiysk paratroopers were the first who stood on the way of Basayev’s and Khattab’s gangs in August 1999. They prevented the bandits’ plans to develop a military success in Dagestan with the subsequent involvement of the republic in a wide war in the Caucasus.