Badge for Long Distance Voyage,
to a participant of the Yug ("South") Naval Exercises, 1971.
Brass, enamels; measures 29.0 mm in width (between the lower
edge of the red plaque and the leftmost point of the
wreath); 26.2 mm in height (not including the pendant,
between the bottom of the wreath and the top point of the
flag). Unlike the regular issue Long Distance Voyage badge
for surface ship crews, this badge features an enameled
pendant with the name of the exercises. The reverse of the
badge has raised logo of the Pobeda Factory in Moscow.
In excellent condition. The enamel shows only very light
surface wear, no chips or flaking. Details and fire gilt
finish are beautifully preserved.
The badge was issued to the crewmen of the surface ships and
some personnel of the Soviet Land Forces who had
participated in the Yug ("South") naval exercises. These war
games were held on a relatively modest scale compared with
the massive Okean Exercises a year earlier.
Subsequently, the Yug badges are much more scarce than the
awards for the former war games. Unlike the two Okean
badges, there was only a single type of the Yug badge,
without the differentiation between surface ships and
/"Avers 8", p. 449, fig. 2105; also, Borisov, "Badges
of the Soviet Armed Forces", fig. 156/.