This decoration was instituted March 3rd, 1944 and can be awarded to to marines, soldiers, petty and warrant officers of the Soviet Navy and navy divisions of Front troops for personal courage during maritine operations. It can also be awarded to non-navy personnel who, at the risk of their own lives, have contributed to the success of military operations by naval or other units. The decoration, named after Admiral Pavel Nakhimov, can be awarded more than once.
The badge is made of gold and consists of the central disc of the Order of Nakhimov and is worn from a pale blue ribbon with three white stripes down the center. Some 14.000 medals have been issued.
There are two variations known. The early Variation 1 has a hand engraved serial number and variation 2 a stamped one. Numbers are placed on the edge.