3rd Naval Infantry Regiment (Russia)

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3rd Marine Regiment
Active 2009 (as Naval Infantry brigade)
Country  Soviet Union (historical)
 Russian Federation (current)
Branch Soviet Ground Forces (historical)
Russian Ground Forces (historical)
Russian Navy (current)
Type Naval Infantry
Size Regiment
Part of Pacific Fleet
Garrison/HQ Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy
Engagements Soviet invasion of Manchuria

The 3rd Independent Krasnodarsko-Kharbinsky Twice Red Banner Naval Infantry Regiment is a regiment of the Russian Naval Infantry. It is based in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy in the Russian Far East and has the Military Unit no. 10103.


It has a rather unique history, tracing its origins to the formation of the 22nd Rifle A Division of the Red Army before the beginning of Operation Barbarossa.

Historical designations[edit]

3rd Independent Marine Regiment
40th Independent Marine Brigade
40th Independent Motor Rifle Brigade
22nd Motor Rifle Division
22nd Rifle Division

World wars[edit]

The division was first formed on 22 September 1918, as the 2nd Infantry Division. It was based on the guerrilla groups Novouzensk, and Nicholas counties Malouzenskogo Samara and two volunteer units Balashov and Penza workers. From 2nd, October, 1918 it was known as the Nicholas Infantry Division, from 24 November 1918 as he 30th Nicholas Soviet Infantry Division and from 13 January 1919 as the Nicholas Infantry Division.

After several redesignations it gained the number 22 on 25 March 1919, as the 22nd Rifle Division. It saw active service during the Second World War (in Russian military parlance, being part of the 'active army') during the Soviet invasion of Manchuria, with the 1st Red Banner Army of the independent coastal group in the Far East in May 1945.

Cold War[edit]

Re-designated from 22nd Rifle Division to 22nd Motor Rifle Division in 1957. In 1988, V. I. Feskov listed the division as part of the 51st Army, Far East Military District, and comprising the following units:[1]

  • Division Headquarters (Dolinsk, Sakhalin Oblast)
  • 59th Tank Regiment
  • 211th Motor Rifle Regiment
  • 246th Motor Rifle Regiment
  • 304th Motor Rifle Regiment
  • 157th Artillery Regiment
  • 1006th Anti-Aircraft Rocket Regiment

After the dissolution of the Soviet Union[edit]

Until June, 2002, it was designated the 22nd Motor Rifle Division. It then became the 40th Independent (twice Red Banner) Krasnodar-Harbin twice Red Banner Naval Infantry Regiment until March, 2009. It is reported that its current commander is Colonel Valery Zhila.

Today it is reported to include:[2]

  • Assault(Airborne) Battalion
  • Marine Infantry Battalion
  • Artillery Battery
  • 186th Marine Engineer Battalion

See also[edit]


  1. ^ V.I. Feskov et al 2004, 'The Soviet Army in the Years of the Cold War, 66.
  2. ^ Moscow Defense Brief #2, 2011 p. 18-22 and/or http://warfare.be/db/linkid/2234/catid/321/

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