Order "For Naval Merit"
Order "For Naval Merit" (obverse)
TypeSingle grade order
Awarded forExcellence in worldwide oceanic activities in favour of Russian military and economic security
Presented by Russian Federation
EligibilityCitizens of the Russian Federation
EstablishedFebruary 27, 2002
First awardedDecember 17, 2002
Ribbon of the Order For Naval Merit
Next (higher)Order "For Military Merit"
Next (lower)Order of Honour

The Order "For Naval Merit" (Russian: Орден «За морские заслуги») is a state decoration of the Russian Federation bestowed for excellence in military or economic maritime endeavours. It was established on February 27, 2002 by Decree of the President of the Russian Federation № 245.[1] Its statute was amended by presidential decree № 1099 of September 7, 2010.[2]

Award statute

The Order "For Naval Merit" is awarded to citizens of the Russian Federation: for achievements in the exploration, development and use of the oceans in the interest of national defence and for ensuring its economic and social development; for achievements in the development and implementation of the latest technology and equipment for the Russian Navy; for services in maintaining, expanding, researching and using the exclusive oceanic economic zone of the Russian Federation; for achievements in the fight against illegal actions of pirates and poachers aimed at causing environmental and economic damage likely to ill affect the reputation and interests of the Russian Federation in its exclusive oceanic economic zone, as well as attacks against ships flying the national flag of the Russian Federation on the oceans; for skillful organization and conduct of naval exercises and manoeuvres, during which all goals were fully achieved.[1]

The Order "For Naval Merit" is worn on the left side of the chest and when worn in the presence of other medals and Orders of the Russian Federation, it is located immediately after the Order "For Military Merit".[2]

Award description

The badge of the Order is in the shape of a 40 mm wide four pointed cross made of enamelled silver. Two anchors cross behind a central medallion bearing the coat of arms of the Russian Federation. The central medallion edge is enamelled in blue and bears the inscription "FOR NAVAL MERIT" (Russian: "ЗА МОРСКИЕ ЗАСЛУГИ").[3]

The Order "For Naval Merit" is suspended by a ring through the badge's suspension loop to a standard Russian pentagonal mount covered by an overlapping 24 mm wide white silk moiré ribbon with three central 2 mm wide longitudinal blue stripes separated by 3 mm.[3]

Notable recipients (partial list)

Commander of the Baltic Fleet, Vice Admiral Viktor Chirkov, being awarded the Order "For Naval Merit" by president Dmitriy Medvedev on February 21, 2011. (Photo www.kremlin.ru)
Gennady Antokhin, master of a "FESCO" icebreaker, wearing his Order "For Naval Merit" with President Dmitriy Medvedev on May 3, 2012. (Photo www.kremlin.ru)
Captain 2nd Rank Viktor Lapshin being decorated with the Order "For Naval Merit" by President Dmitriy Medvedev on July 13, 2009 for distinction in the fight against Somali pirates. (Photo www.kremlin.ru)

The individuals listed below were recipients of the Order "For Naval Merit".[4][5]

See also


  1. ^ a b "Decree № 245 of the President of the Russian Federation of February 27, 2002" (in Russian). Consultant Legal Library. 2002-02-27. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
  2. ^ a b "Decree № 1099 of the President of the Russian Federation of September 7, 2010" (in Russian). Russian Gazette. 2010-09-07. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
  3. ^ a b "Statute of the Order "For Naval Merit"" (in Russian). Commission under the President of the Russian Federation on state awards. 2002-02-27. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
  4. ^ "List of recipients of the Order "For Naval Merit" compiled from ru.Wikipedia" (in Russian). Russian Wikipedia. ((cite web)): Missing or empty |url= (help)
  5. ^ "Recipients of the Order "For Naval Merit" from the site of the President of the Russian Federation" (in Russian). Presidential Press and Information Office of the Russian Federation. Retrieved 2012-05-19.