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U.S. Navy USS Arlington (LPD 24), amphibious transport dock emblem (crest) U.S. Navy USS Arlington (LPD 24), amphibious transport dock emblem (crest)

SHIELD: On a pentagon Azure, a laurel wreath superimposed in base by a demi-trident erect Or, overall the Arlington House Proper; a bordure in the traditional buff of Indiana limestone Proper with dexter base section Gules.

CREST: On a wreath Or and Azure, an arc of thirteen stars with alternating rays of the first, a bald eagle volant descending with gaze to base, overall in base is a 9/11 Pentagon Memorial Bench with open end to dexter superimposed by another at the ground anchor point with open end to sinister, all in front of two 9/11 Pentagon Memorial Trees all Proper.

MOTTO: A tripartite scroll Azure doubled and inscribed “STRENGTH HONOR FORTITUDE” Or.

SUPPORTERS: Four swords, two and two saltirewise points down Proper. On dexter side a USN CPO cutlass and USN Officer’s sword; on sinister side a USMC Officer's sword and USMC NCO sword.

SEAL: The coat of arms as blazoned in full color upon a white oval enclosed by a blue collar edged on the outside with a gold rope bearing the inscription “USS ARLINGTON” at top and in base “LPD 24” in gold letters. The rope has 184 twists, one for each of the lives lost at the Pentagon on September 11, 2001.

Symbolism
SHIELD: Dark blue and gold are the colors traditionally used by the Navy. The pentagon shaped shield, representing the Department of Defense, has a border or façade the color of limestone buff except the red section of the Southwest wall. The red section symbolizes the area of the Pentagon where American Airlines Flight 77, commandeered by suicide-terrorists, was targeted and crashed into the building on September 11, 2001. The laurel wreath is symbolic of honor and high achievement, and commemorates the heroism of the first responders to ground zero at the Pentagon. The trident, representing sea prowess, underscores USS Arlington’s missions to support the embarkation, transportation, and deployment of the Marine Corps landing force to conduct primary amphibious warfare missions. The Pentagon’s location in Arlington County is highlighted by the Arlington House adapted from the Arlington County seal.

CREST: The thirteen stars between the rays are from the Department of Defense seal. The two benches with the trees represent two of the 184 illuminated benches of the Pentagon Memorial, a permanent outdoor memorial to the lives taken in the Pentagon and on the American Airlines Flight 77. The bald eagle, embodiment of strength, vigilance and resolve, is long associated with the United States of America and our Armed Forces. It is soaring with above bowing its head in respect for the fallen. The eagle’s wings echo the shape of the Memorial Benches.

SUPPORTERS: The crossed Navy officer sword and CPO cutlass, and Marine Corps officer and NCO swords symbolize the teamwork of the Navy-Marine Corps warfighting team of the amphibious assault warship, USS Arlington. The enlisted swords further highlight the enlisted Sailors and Marines as being the back bone of our Naval Forces

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U.S. Navy USS Green Bay (LPD 20), amphibious transport dock emblem (crest) U.S. Navy USS Green Bay (LPD 20), amphibious transport dock emblem (crest)

Shield: Dark Blue and Gold, the colors traditionally associated with the Navy to represent the sea and excellence. The pale blue symbolizes the historic waterway of the Fox River, the entrance which leads to the City of Green Bay, the first settlement in Wisconsin. The Green Bay logo recalls the heritage and spirit of the city, which includes the city’s football team “The Green Bay Packers”. The chief signifies authority. The silhouette commemorates the previous ship, USS GREEN BAY (PG 101), which served as aggressor in fleet exercises, while serving in Guantanimo Bay, Cuba. The wavy division of the shield suggests the shoreline, combined with the pale alludes to the ship’s mission of amphibious transport of troops.

Crest: The maple wreath conveys success and achievement, signifying the state tree of Wisconsin, sugar maple. The anchor represents naval strength and maritime tradition. Red denotes sacrifice. The restock of the anchor exemplifies the Marine Corps, highlighting the Navy and Marine team. The state seal alludes to Wisconsin’s industry and honors the state being the “Heart of America”. The Supporters: The crossed naval and marine swords symbolize readiness and cooperation of the Navy-Marine war fighting team.

Motto: The motto “STATUM BELLO INVICTUS MANEO” translates to “STAND AND FIGHT, REMAIN UNVANQUISHED”. The scroll displays the colors of the “Green Bay Packers”, green and gold, which honor the city’s admiration and commitment for their home football team.

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U.S. Navy USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19), amphibious transport dock emblem (crest) U.S. Navy USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19), amphibious transport dock emblem (crest)

Shield: On a shield formed to represent an Indian arrowhead Or (Dark Gold), between in chief a compass rose Azure and in base a yucca plant Proper, a stylized representation of the Cliff Palace dwellings of the Ancestral Puebloans Or.

Crest: On a wreath Or (Dark Gold) and Azure, from a plateau vert an American bald eagle, wings displayed, grasping in dexter talons a sprig of juniper fructed of twenty-four berries Proper and in sinister talons a trident Argent.

Motto: Courage Teamwork Tradition

Symbolism
Shield: Mesa Verde’s status as a World Cultural Heritage Site and National Park is recalled by the shape of the shield and the representation of the Cliff Palace dwellings. The yucca, an indigenous plant and staple as valuable raw material to early Indian settlers refers again to the region which gives LPD 19 its name and denotes hardiness and survival. The compass rose symbolizes worldwide capabilities and expertise. Gold signifies achievement and excellence.
Crest: The green plateau represents the Mesa Verde region which gives the ship it’s name. The bald eagle symbolizes the United States; the juniper is native to the Mesa Verde region and the sprig held by the eagle bears twenty-four berries representing the twenty-four modern tribes which trace their ancestry to the region. The trident denotes authority and mastery at sea.
Supporters: A Naval officer’s sword and Marine Corps Mameluke points down saltirewise Proper symbolize teamwork and cooperation between the Navy and Marine Corps.

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U.S. Navy USS New Orleans (LPD 18), amphibious transport dock emblem (crest) U.S. Navy USS New Orleans (LPD 18), amphibious transport dock emblem (crest)

The Army’s Institute of Heraldry designs the ship’s crest based upon research into the namesake city and with assistance from the ship’s Commanding Officer, Commander Skillman. The eventual design for LPD 18 will represent the ship’s crew, Navy, Marine Corps, other ships named New Orleans and the city of New Orleans.

LPD 18’s crest melds the ship’s Navy, Marine Corps and namesake city heritage Dark blue and gold are the colors traditionally used by the United States Navy. Green and blue, representing land and sea areas of operation, highlight the amphibious mission of USS New Orleans. The fleur-delis honor the three previous ships named USS New Orleans and are adapted from the City Flag of New Orleans.
The battlements symbolize defense and highlight the city of New Orleans being the site of Andrew Jackson’s victory in the War of 1812. The eagle with the globe and anchor refers to the Marine Corps insignia and reflects the Marine Corps role in executing LPD 18’s expeditionary missions.
The fouled anchor is taken from the CPO collar insignia represents the Sailor’s role in the Navy and LPD 18. The eighteen stars represent Louisiana being the 18th state to join the Union. The crossed Navy and Marine swords symbolize combat readiness and the teamwork between the Navy and Marine Corps
The white alligator is unique to the city of New Orleans and emphasizes the amphibious nature of USS New Orleans’ mission to embark, transport and land elements of a landing force. The globe underscores the world wide mission of LPD 18. The cannons recall New Orleans’s heritage and Jackson’s defense of the city.

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U.S. Navy USS New York (LPD 21), amphibious transport dock emblem (crest) U.S. Navy USS New York (LPD 21), amphibious transport dock emblem (crest)

SHIELDЖ Per chevron enhanced Azure and Argent, overall two pallets couped and a chevronelle conjoined Metal Gris, issuing from base between three mullets chevronwise of the first, a phoenix rising Or from flames Gules charged on the breast with a escutcheon of the second charged with two gouttes de sang in chief between three pallets, of the first, of the fifth and Celeste; a bordure from the State of New York Seal Proper.

CREST: From a wreath Argent and Azure between two sugar maple branches Proper, seven piles radiating from base Or surmounted by the mountains and lake adapted from the State of New York Coat of Arms Proper.

MOTTO: A scroll Azure doubled and inscribed with “NEVER FORGET” Argent.

SUPPORTERS: A Navy CPO saber and Marine NCO sword Saltirewise points down Proper.

SEAL: The coat of arms as blazoned in full color upon a white oval enclosed by a blue collar edged on the outside with a gold chain and bearing the inscription “USS NEW YORK” at top and “LPD 21” in base all gold.

Symbolism
SHIELD: Dark blue and gold, the colors traditionally associated with the Navy, represent the sea and excellence. The red is for sacrifice and valor and the white recalls purity of purpose. The gray chevron and two vertical bars represent the bow of LPD 21 and the Twin Towers, respectively. They are conjoined to emphasize the using of 24 tons of steel from the ruins of the World Trade Center to construct the bow of the USS New York. The phoenix rising personifies the hope and determination of this Nation to rebuild and regroup to fight terrorism. The shield on the phoenix’s breast honors the New York City Fire department, New York City Police Department and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Red is for the Fire Department, the dark blue is the traditional blue for the Police Department and the Celeste is taken from the patch of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Celeste also alludes to coastal waters and the port of New York. The red drops represent blood shed and the ultimate sacrifice made by the men and women of 9/11. The stars commemorate the three battle stars the USS New York battleship earned in World War II. The border of the shield is adapted from the State of New York Seal.
CREST: The mountains, lake and sun rays highlight the State of New York and are adapted from the State Seal and highlight beauty and the heritage of the State. The seven rays represent the number of rays on Statue of Liberty’s Crown. They symbolize the seven seas and continents of the world and also suggest a direct connection to the littoral missions of the USS New York anywhere in the world, past and present. The sugar maple is the state tree of New York.
SUPPORTERS: The crossed Naval CPO cutlass and Marine Corps NCO sword symbolize the teamwork of the Navy-Marine war fighting team of the amphibious assault warship, USS New York. The enlisted swords further highlight the enlisted Marines and sailors as being the back bone of our Armed Forces.

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U.S. Navy USS San Antonio (LPD 17), amphibious transport dock emblem (crest) U.S. Navy USS San Antonio (LPD 17), amphibious transport dock emblem (crest)

SHIELD: Per pale Argent and Gules, a sprig of Texas bluebonnet on dexter Proper and an olive branch on sinister Or, all superimposed by the Alamo Proper; on a chief Azure a mullet of the first.

CREST: Issuing from a wreath Argent and Gules a trident head of the first, overall in base a stack of cannon balls and nineteenth century cannon in silhouette Sable.

MOTTO: On a scroll Azure double Gules the words “NEVER RETREAT, NEVER SURRENDER” Argent.

SUPPORTERS: Navy and Marine Corps swords saltirewise points down proper.

SEAL: The coat of arms as blazoned in full color upon a white oval enclosed by a blue collar edged on the outside with a gold rope and bearing the inscription “USS SAN ANTONIO” at top and “LPD 17” in base all gold.

SYMBOLISM
SHIELD: The colors of the shield and star are adapted from the Texas state flag. The star also commemorates the “Lone Star” and first ship to bear the name San Antonio. Red is the color for valor and sacrifice, blue is for loyalty and white, purity of purpose. The Alamo honors the heroes who offered their lives to ensure the freedom of Texas. The bluebonnets refer to the beauty and majesty of Texas and the olive branch highlights the ship's peacekeeping mission.
CREST: The trident and cannon represent the old and new weaponry. The cannon balls and nineteenth century cannon were similar weapons used by the brave men that defended the Alamo. The trident, symbol of sea prowess, also represents the “mobility triad” that USS San Antonio is built for. The mission of the San Antonio class is to transport the U.S. Marine Corps “mobility triad” – that is, the Advanced Amphibious Assault Vehicle (AAAV), Air Cushioned Landing Craft (LCAC) and vertical flight aircraft including the MV-22 Osprey tilt rotor aircraft – to trouble spots around the world.
SUPPORTS: The crossed Navy and Marine Corps swords represent cooperation and teamwork of the United States Navy and United States Marine Corps.

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