Although the award was instituted in April 1941, it could be awarded for actions that took place prior to this date and could highlight the struggle against the British fleet.
To be eligible to receive the badge one must have 12 weeks service on a battleship or cruiser, with proof of distinction and good conduct. The number of weeks were reduced if one of these conditions were met -
If the recipient was wounded or killed during the voyage.
Outstanding achievements in an engagement.
If the cruise was successful.
Individual's ship was sunk in action. (Bismarck, Admiral Graf Spee, Blücher)
For participation in Rawalpindi and Jan Mayen.
All crew members of the Scharnhorst and Gneisenau received the award in view of the operational effectiveness of the ships.
To every sailor who was present on the Tirpitz when it was bombed and sunk by the British R.A.F. in Tromsö Fjord on 12 November, 1944.
The award worn on the lower part of the left breast pocket of the naval service tunic, underneath the 1st class Iron Cross if awarded, or equivalent grade.