This Soviet order was established 1 August 1924 and was the initial Soviet order awarded to military personnel who display exceptional courage, self-denial, and valour during combat.
The Order of the Red Banner originally appeared in 1918, as the Order of the Red Banner of the Russian Federation. The award was given to citizens of the Republic for exceptional military service and other Soviet Republics followed Russia and issued their own version of the award. Azerbaijan was the first with the Order of the Red Banner of the Azerbaijan SSR. After 1922 when the formation of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics the country's all-union military decoration became the Order of the Red Banner.
The Order of the Red Banner has been awarded to various Soviet naval units for exemplary service during wartime. The Baltic Fleet was cited for its role in the Revolution of 1917, and all four fleets (Northern, Baltic, Black Sea and Pacific) and the Caspian Naval Flotilla were cited for their service in the Great Patriotic War (1941-1945). The Baltic Fleet is formally referred to as the Twice-Honoured Red Banner Baltic Fleet.
Below is a fine example of this Order.