A fabric black stripe with red edging. Black is the traditional color of the Marines’ beret. The red edging is the hallmark of the Russian Navy Coastal Troops.
The patch’s shape is unique and does not have any heraldic description.
The central figure of the patch is a head of a polar bear in a black beret with the Marines’ badge, fiercely baring its teeth.
The polar bear – the only host of North – is the symbol of the Northern Fleet Marine Corps.
The bear is depicted with a wreath of oak and laurel leaves intertwined with the Guards ribbon.
The black and yellow colors of the Guards ribbon mean “smoke and flame”, and are a sign of personal valor on the battlefield.
At the top of the patch, on the stripes of the open parachute, there is a general Marine Corps emblem – the golden anchor entwined with a rope.
The open parachute symbolizes the willingness to fight not only at sea, but in the air and on land.
To the left and right, on the golden staffs, there are waning the Navy Banner and the National Flag of Russia.
At the bottom of the patch there is a curly ribbon containing the name of the Battalion’s military base: “Sputnik.”
The Battalion is a part of the 61st Marine Infantry Brigade, bearing the Combat Name “Kirkenes”, of the Northern Fleet.
The 876th Separate Air Assault Battalion was formed on November 11, 1979.
On January 1, 1985 the Battalion was declared a military unit of constant combat readiness.
On January 7, 1995 it was directed the North Caucasus to restore constitutional order in the Chechen Republic.
In the second Chechen War the fighters of the Battalion performed feats of courage and heroism, proving that they were worthy of the loud glory of their forefathers, who smashed German mountain rangers of the selected division “Edelweiss” during the Second World War. The horror induced by the marines was so huge that German soldiers called them “Black Death”.
On the eve of the New 2000 Year, on the nameless height marked 1406, the 2nd platoon of the 2nd Airborne Assault Company of the 876th Battalion took an unequal battle against several times overwhelming them gangs of terrorist bandit underground. The marines, led by the platoon commander lieutenant Yuri Kuryagin and captain Alexei Milashevich, took the unequal battle. In the first minutes of the battle all the officers were killed, and the command was assumed by sergeant Vladimir Tatashvili. Even the dead soldiers terrified the enemy. Unfortunately, the marines had no chance to see the dawn of the new day. As a result of the ill- night battle 12 “black berets” died the death of a hero, taking more than 40 militants with them, but stopped the bandits.
For courage and heroism performed, the marines were posthumously awarded orders, and the platoon commander Lieutenant Kuryagin and sergeant Tatashvili were awarded the highest award – the title of the Hero of Russia, also posthumously.
The Battalion returned to its native village “Sputnik” on June 20, 2000.