The emblem of the Navy is a double-headed eagle with outstretched wings, holding two admiralty anchors crossed behind its back.
On the eagle’s chest – triangular elongated down shield with a stock rising to the crown. In the shield there is a horseman slaying a dragon.
The greenish-brown color (khaki) is the traditional color used in military uniform in order to camouflage.
The sleeve patch is produced in several variants:
a) with the Navy emblem on the black background with a yellow (golden) edging – for marine units;
b) on the black background with a red edging – for the coastal troops and the marines;
c) on the white background with a golden edging – for full dress uniform.
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!”
The Navy, being a part of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, is destined to armed protection of Russia’s interests, combat actions at sea and oceanic theaters of war.
The Navy is able to deliver nuclear strikes against enemy targets on land, destroy the groupings of its fleet at sea and the bases, disrupt ocean and sea communications of the enemy and protect the marine transportation, assist Land Forces in operations at continental theaters of war, make sea landings, participate in the reflection of the enemy’s landings and perform other tasks.
The Russian Navy includes surface and submarine forces, naval aviation and coastal troops (Marine Corps and coastal defense forces), as well as ships and vessels, and units of special purpose.