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U.S. Navy USS Antietam (CG 54), cruiser emblem (crest)
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U.S. Navy USS Antietam (CG 54), cruiser emblem (crest)

SHIELD: Azure, between two mullets a trident head Or with the shaft encircled by a broken chain Argent, and under a chief arched Gules a bridge of three arches of the third.

CREST: On a wreath of the colors, Or and Azure, in front of two cannons in saltire a modern missile entwined with a serpent erect Proper all in front of a wreath of laurel of the first.

MOTTO: On a scroll Azure edged Azure and doubled Gules the words “POWER TO PREVAIL” in letters Azure.

SEAL: The coat of arms as blazoned in full color on a white vertical octagonal shape enclosed by a Dark blue border edged on the outer side with gold rope and inscribed in gold with these words "USS ANTIETAM" above and "CG 54"below.

SHIELD: Dark blue and gold are the traditional Navy colors. The trident, symbol of sea power, represents the Antietam’s capabilities in the three dimensions of naval warfare. The broken chain symbolizes the Emancipation Proclamation, the most positive outcome of the Civil War Battle of Antietam. The two gold battle stars refer to the previous USS Antietam (CVS 36). Red signifies the heroism and suffering of 17 September 1862, the bloodiest day of the Civil War at Antietam and the Burnside Bridge is the battlefield's best known landmark.
CREST: The serpent has a fourfold meaning: It was on the first Navy Jack; its wavy shape, movements and tongue allude to the new sensor system on the Antietam (CG 54); it is similar to the copperhead found in the State of Maryland, site of the Civil War Battle; and its striking position reinforces the quick striking capabilities of the Antietam. The parrot guns with the modern missile represent the continuity in ordnance. The upright positive of the missile also symbolizes the vertically launched cruise missile on the cruiser, Antietam. The gold laurel wreath is symbolic of excellence in accomplishing the mission.


U.S. Navy USS Anzio (CG 68), cruiser emblem (crest)
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U.S. Navy USS Anzio (CG 68), cruiser emblem (crest)

Shield: Blue and Gold represents the sea and the spirit onboard a warship. Red and White symbolize the sacrifice of those who fell at Anzio. The Chevron thrusting through the enemy line recalls the assault. The rose, maple leaf and eagle honor the forces of Great Britain, Canada and the United States. Embattlements are symbolic of entrenched lines and the campaign where allied troops refused conquer, despite the enemy's numerical superiority. The crossed edge sailor's cutlass and officer's sword represent combat readiness and shipboard teamwork. The gold star commemorates the WW II escort carrier (CVE 57) Anzio's Navy Unit Commendation and the nine stars commemorate's her battles.

Crest: The anchor portrays strength. The blue ribbon acknowledges the 22 Medals of Honor won at Anzio. The words Honor, Integrity, Heart combine the essence of what is expected of every crew member in Anzio. The Aegis radar's octagonal shape characterizes Anzio's potent weaponry and her unmatched fighting technology. Wings of an eagle recall the first Anzio (CVE 57) and represent the attributes of America's national emblem: Vigilance, preparedness, and courage.

Supporters: The rifles reflect hand to hand fighting at Anzio and symbolizes the willingness of cruiser Anzio to close the enemy.

Motto: "Stand and Fight," the order by Lt. General Mark Clark to the allies, May 1944.


U.S. Navy USS Bunker Hill (CG 52), cruiser emblem (crest) U.S. Navy USS Bunker Hill (CG 52), cruiser emblem (crest)

SHIELD: Azure, eleven mullets in orle Argent and a chief arched paley of five Gules and of the second, overall a sea dragon or upholding a sword Proper pommelled and hilted Gold, the hilt enflamed to base Proper.

CREST: On wreath Argent and Azure issuant out of a mount embattled Gules two muskets with bayonets fixed in saltire and a powder horn suspended at center Proper in front of an anchor erect fouled Gold.

MOTTO: On a scroll Azure doubled Argent the words “DETERMINATION” and “DETERRENCE” in letters Argent.

SEAL: The coat of arms as blazoned upon a white oval enclosed by a blue border edged on the outside with gold chain and inscribed “USS BUNKER HILL” above and “CG 52” below all in gold.

SHIELD: The sea dragon is a powerfully awesome beast that is both vigilant and fierce. Grasping a flaming sword, the sea dragon symbolizes Naval prowess and the attack capability of today’s USS BUNKER HILL (CG 52). The flaming sword also represents the revolutionary capability of the Vertical Launching System first introduced in Bunker Hill. The stars represent the eleven battle stars the former Bunker Hill (CV 17) earned for her World War II service in the Pacific theater. Blue and gold are the colors traditionally associated with the Navy and are symbolic of the sea and excellence. The two white bars in chief represent American courage and purpose as displayed at the battle of Bunker Hill on 17 June 1775. The red bars symbolize the British assaults on the colonists’ entrenchment and the curve below alludes to the hill which the British took at great cost. Bunker Hill proved to be a rallying point for the Americans, for after that the British Empire faced full scale war.
CREST: The entrenched colonists were formidable opponents. The entrenchments or redoubts they dug and built are symbolized by the scarlet hill shape with battlements. The muskets with bayonets recall the weapons of that battle and the powder horn refers to the New Englanders’ stand behind the entrenchments until their ammunition was used up. The anchor is symbolic of maritime tradition and excellence of achievement.


U.S. Navy USS Chosin (CG 65), cruiser emblem (crest)
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U.S. Navy USS Chosin (CG 65), cruiser emblem (crest)

Shield: The conflict between invading Communist forces from the North & the UN offensive from the South, is symbolized by the interaction of red and light blue on the shield. Red also stands for courage and bloodshed; the gold devotes excellence and high ideals. The Marine Corps and U.S. Army are represented by the swords, raised at the ready. The rays symbolize the flame of combat and the frigid environment in the area of the Chosin Reservoir, from which the ship takes its name.

Crest: The demi-dragon, breathing fire, represents the threat from China. The demi-trident symbolizes Naval power; gold represents excellence and courage in battle.

Seal: The complete arms emblazoned upon a white field enclosed by a blue oblong border bearing the inscription “USS CHOSIN” around the top and “CG 65” around the base all in gold and all within a continuous gold rope edging the border.

Motto: “Invictus” - Latin for invincible or unconquered.


U.S. Navy USS Cowpens (CG 63), cruiser emblem (crest)
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U.S. Navy USS Cowpens (CG 63), cruiser emblem (crest)

SHIELD: Dark blue and gold are the colors traditionally associated with the Navy. Red denotes valor and sacrifice, while white represents high ideals. The three wavy bars refer to the sea, the USS COWPENS area of operations; and allude to the three lines of attacked used by Brigadier General Daniel Morgan at Cowpens, South Carolina in 1781. The circle of twelve battle stars honors the previous USS COWPENS (CVL 25) earned in World War II. The Navy sword symbolizes a heritage of service and the vertical launch capabilities of CG 63. The wedge, or pile, symbolizes the spearhead of Morgan's attack and the vertical launch capabilities of the Aegis Cruiser; the jagged edge denotes the terrain of felled trees and rough fences making up the battlefield at Cowpens.

CREST: The muskets with attached bayonets emphasize the victory Cowpens earned by the close combat of sustained fire and bayonet attack. The drum suggests the Revolutionary War call to arms. The first eagle & stripes flag and the Maryland Regimental flag were flown at the Battle of Cowpens. The skyward spikes characterize the combat air support and strike capabilities of CVL 25 and the Aegis Weapons System of CG 63. CVL 25 earned the Navy Unit Commendation for World War II service, represented by the spike colors of blue, gold, red, & green.

MOTTO: "Victoria Libertatis Vindex". Latin for "Victory Vindicates Liberty" The phrase was originally inscribed on a medal awarded to General Morgan by the French government for his brilliant tactics and leadership at the Battle of Cowpens.


U.S. Navy USS Gettysburg (CG 64), cruiser emblem (crest) U.S. Navy USS Gettysburg (CG 64), cruiser emblem (crest)

SHIELD: Dark blue and gold are the traditional Navy colors. The shield, divided dark blue and gray, refers to the colors of the Union and Confederate Armies and a country split by war. White expresses peace and optimism and red is a reminder of the immeasurable valor and blood shed at the epic battle of Gettysburg.
The three pheons represent the number of days of this intense battle and allude to the Union and Confederate assault lines. The pheons point up portraying USS GETTYSBURG's vertical launch capabilities. Their number also reflects three major Aegis cruiser missions, anti-air, anti-surface, and antisubmarine warfare.
The arch represents Seminary Ridge, Culp's Hill and Little Roundtop, critical positions on the Gettysburg battlefield.
The anchor symbolizes sea prowess and the ties with the ship's Maine birthplace; the two stars represent the two previous ships named "USS GETTYSBURG."

CREST: At the dedication of the National Cemetery of the Gettysburg battle ground, President Lincoln delivered his immortal Gettysburg Address. The scroll with a drop of blood honors those famous words, especially ". . .that these dead shall not have died in vain."
The National bird, the bald eagle, appropriately represents President Lincoln and the Union he strove to preserve. The eagle also represents the Union's victory and Gettysburg, the turning point in the Civil War, which ultimately forged a stronger nation.
The inverted wreath honors all who died, Union and Confederate alike. Muskets were in general use during the Civil war and highlight the hand to hand combat as both sides exploded in a tremendous clash of musketry.

MOTTO: "Deeds not words" reflects the willingness of those who fought at Gettysburg and those who serve in the ship to translate strength of conviction into decisive action.


U.S. Navy USS Hué City (CG 66), cruiser emblem (crest) U.S. Navy USS Hué City (CG 66), cruiser emblem (crest)

Shield: The trident represents sea power, projected by HUE CITY's Vertical Launch System. The tines of the trident depict the Aegis cruiser's dominion of the air, the surface and the sub-surface. The crossed swords - a Navy cutlass and Marine mameluke - from a saltire, showing the two Vietnams. The palm wreath and the smaller shield at the center commemorate the Marines' victory and the raising of the US flag over the Provincial Headquarters building.

Crest: The fortress on the crest recalls the Citadel at Hue, captured by US Marines at great cost. The dragon symbolizes both the fierceness of the siege and the fighting spirit of the crew of USS HUE CITY.

Motto: The motto - Fidelity, Courage, Honor - represents the finest qualities of the US Navy and Marine Corps: faithfulness to one's comrades and the values of the United States, the moral fortitude to overcome fear in the face of battle, and the integrity to conduct oneself with dignity and respect at all times.


U.S. Navy USS Lake Champlain (CG 57), cruiser emblem (crest) U.S. Navy USS Lake Champlain (CG 57), cruiser emblem (crest)

Shield: The shield's dark blue and gold are the traditional colors associated with the Navy and symbolize the sea and excellence. The green and white border around the blue field represents the Lake Champlain and the surrounding terrain where two significant naval battles were fought. The first, the Revolutionary War Battle of Valcour Island, is symbolized by the white star on the crest. The second, the War of 1812 Battle of Lake Champlain, is represented by the anchor and cannon on the blue field. The partitions of the border suggest rotation or turning and allude to the American ships movements during the Battle of Lake Champlain. The vertical position of the naval gun exemplifies the vertical capabilities of CG 57.

Crest: The crest's eagle bearing in its talons the Naval swords symbolizes martial strength and the American victory at Lake Champlain. The two swords also represent two previous ships named LAKE CHAMPLAIN. The aggressive action and flight capabilities of the eagle highlight the second ship, the aircraft carrier CV 39, active during the Korean War. The wavy bar represents the Lake Champlain itself. The gold four-pointed star indicates the four missions of a modern AEGIS cruiser, i.e., to offensively engage aircraft. missiles, submarines and surface ships.


U.S. Navy USS Lake Erie (CG 70), cruiser emblem (crest) U.S. Navy USS Lake Erie (CG 70), cruiser emblem (crest)

Shield: Dark blue and gold are the traditional Navy colors. Red, white and blue are our national colors. The blue alludes to our world’s oceans. The nine red and white sections combine to symbolize the U.S. Fleet action in the Battle of Lake Erie, during which Commodore Perry commanded nine ships. The Naval sword and musket, crossed to imply strength and cooperation, are combined with the American Eagle to depict defense and devotion to country.

Crest: The Carronades are emblematic of the American firepower that was so decisive in the Battle of Lake Erie. The olive branches symbolize peace, achieved and maintained through strength and military preparedness. The trident, red for courage and valor, is a traditional naval symbol that typifies an AEGIS cruiser’s capabilities on the earth’s surface, below the surface of our oceans, and in the air.

Motto: Lake Erie’s motto, “Courage, Determination, Peace,” honors the memory of the men who fought the Battle of Lake Erie and Mrs. Margaret Meyer. Courage to fight, Determination to win, with Peace as the ultimate goal.


U.S. Navy USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55), cruiser emblem (crest) U.S. Navy USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55), cruiser emblem (crest)

The diving wings with trailing flames represent the Kamikazes, which first appeared in the Battle of Leyte Gulf and which were the forerunners of the anti-ship missiles against which the AEGIS system was designed. The Crossed "Big Guns" represent the battleships, which at the Battle of Leyte Gulf culminated centuries of naval tradition in the last battle at sea of great ships of the line
The red and white rays allude to the WWII Japanese Naval Ensign descending into the wavy blue bar of the sea as the Battle of Leyte Gulf destroyed the Japanese Navy as a coherent fighting force. The tropical location of the battle is symbolized by the palm wreath, which is also symbolic of victory. The blue, white and gold colors on the shield are traditionally associated with the Navy and are symbolic of the sea and excellence.
The anchors combined with the sword represent naval sea power, plus the sword crossing the taut anchor line alludes to the classic naval battle maneuver called "crossing the 'T' " last used in the Battle of Leyte Gulf. The upright position of the sword also refers to the vertical launching missile system in CG-55. The red wavy bar is in memory of the gallant men who went down in a blood red sea at the Battle of Leyte Gulf. The three stars represent the three component Battles of Leyte Gulf: Surigao Straits, Samar, and Cape Engano.
The motto "Arrayed for Victory" refers to the full array of sea power that fought the Battle of Leyte Gulf. It also alludes to the phased array radar in the AEGIS system and the towed sonar system Leyte Gulf deploys against submarines.


U.S. Navy USS Mobile Bay (CG 53), cruiser emblem (crest) U.S. Navy USS Mobile Bay (CG 53), cruiser emblem (crest)

Shield: The shield, located in the center of the crest, contains a ship's wheel and crossed cutlass and sword. The wheel represents naval leadership on the oceans of the world. The modern ship, crossed swords, and cutlass signify professional expertise and the spirit of the Surface Warfare community from which the ship's officers and crew are drawn. A naval cannon, typical of armaments used in the Battle of Mobile Bay, supports the shield and symbolizes ancient and modern weaponry.

Crest: The Battle of Mobile Bay is recalled by the silhouettes of the steam sloop USS HARTFORD and CSS TENNESSEE. The former was the flagship of Admiral David Farrugut's Federal Fleet and the later a ram of the Confederate Navy. The four stars reflect Admiral Farragut's commission as the Navy's first four-star admiral.

Border: A continuous anchor chain signifies a unity of purpose and teamwork; the elongated octagonal band suggests the unique, primary radar associated with the AEGIS system.

Motto: The ship's motto, "FULL SPEED AHEAD," is based on Admiral Farrugut's famous command issued during the battle and typifies the Admiral's key to success in war -- straight thinking and determined action.


U.S. Navy USS Normandy (CG 60), cruiser emblem (crest)
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U.S. Navy USS Normandy (CG 60), cruiser emblem (crest)

SHIELD: The lettering, lion, anchor, and perimeter of the shield are gold. The border beneath the lettering and the crest background are dark blue. These are the color traditionally associated with the Navy. The caltraps symbolize mines and German defenses on the Normandy beaches. The anchor characterizes sea power and strength. The chevron is broken and thrust forward, denoting the assault landing and the "breaking through" the enemy defenses; it is white for honor and integrity, edged with red for valor, sacrifice, and bloodshed.

CREST: The pole star signifies the Allied Forces that joined for the Normandy Invasion. It also portrays the four points of the globe, signifying the worldwide mission of the NORMANDY. The gold lion, adopted from the Coat of Arms of Normandy, France, represents the location of the assault and characterizes the courage, strength, and determination of the invasion forces. He grasps an inflamed trident in honor of Neptune, mythological lord of the sea, and code name for the Navy's crucial gunfire support and the delivery of land forces in the Battle of Normandy.

MOTTO: The words, "VANGUARD OF VICTORY," underscore the Battle of Normandy as the spearhead of the Allied defense which turned the tide of war in Europe, as well as the leading role of the AEGIS cruiser in today's world as a defender of world freedom.


U.S. Navy USS Philippine Sea (CG 58), cruiser emblem (crest) U.S. Navy USS Philippine Sea (CG 58), cruiser emblem (crest)

The shield's dark blue and white symbolize the sea. Gold embodies excellence and the color red implies action and battle. The two stars honor the past (CV 47) and present (CG 58) ships named for the Battle of the Philippine Sea. The vertical red bar and up right position of the trident, symbol of sea power, stand for the Vertical Launching System (VLS) of CG 58. The striking power of the ship and its Aegis Weapon System are symbolized by the trident's three prongs which stand for air, surface, and sub-surface warfare capabilities. The stylized sun in the base is taken from the Philippine flag and reflects the location of the World War II battle.

The World War II American victory at the Battle of the Philippine Sea is remembered as the "Marianas Turkey Shoot." Over eighty percent of enemy forces were destroyed at little cost to friendly forces. The rays allude to this heavy air fire and the World War II Japanese naval ensign. The crest's anchor and wings, together with the nine rays, commemorate the Battle of the Philippine Sea and CV 47.


U.S. Navy USS Princeton (CG 59), cruiser emblem (crest) U.S. Navy USS Princeton (CG 59), cruiser emblem (crest)

Shield: The shield's thirteen red and white stripes around the edge are from a flag of the revolution and stand for the union of the colonies. A profile of George Washington is at the center; his leadership was the essence of the victory at Princeton in 1777. The smaller shield which bears Washington's profile represents the defense of our country, then and now. The golden anchor symbolizes the nation's proud heritage as a seagoing power.

Crest: The crest's upward thrust of the trident symbolizes the vertical launching system of the new USS Princeton, and the interlaced lightning bolts represent its quick striking ability. The three times of the trident stand for the ship's multi-mission warfighting capabilities: anti-air, antisubmarine, and surface/strike warfare. The semi-octagonal background shape is a representation of the ship's SPY-1B radar arrays and emphasizes the revolutionary capabilities of the AEGIS Combat System. The five stars represent the previous US Navy ships which bore the name PRINCETON.

Motto: The ship's motto is derived from a letter written on November 15, 1781, by George Washington to the Marquis de Lafayette in which he wrote: "It follows then as certain as night succeeds day, that without a decisive naval force we can do nothing definitive, and that with it everything honorable and glorious." It is from this quotation that the ship's motto "HONOR AND GLORY" is derived.


U.S. Navy USS San Jacinto (CG 56), cruiser emblem (crest) U.S. Navy USS San Jacinto (CG 56), cruiser emblem (crest)

The shield's wavy pale represents the San Jacinto River and also alludes to the wake of a ship. The representation of the Texas flag on the shield symbolizes the independence won by the Texans in defeating a Mexican Army at the Battle of San Jacinto in 1836. The eagle, a national symbol of both Mexico and the United States, reflects Texas history and victory at San Jacinto. The armed eagle symbolizes the combat readiness of the ship as a part of a strong national defense. Dark blue, the primary color of the shield, and gold, the predominant color of the main charge, are traditionally associated with the Navy.

The crest's propeller alludes to the first USS SAN JACINTO, which was one of the United States Navy's first screw-type warships. The wings suggest the second USS SAN JACINTO (CVL 30), a light aircraft carrier. The stars on the sword denote the five battle honors awarded to the second USS SAN JACINTO for World War II service. The sword connects the present USS SAN JACINTO, with its state-of-the-art technology, to previous ships of that name.

The motto's words, "Victory is Certain", is a quote from General Sam Houston's speech as he spoke to his outnumbered men before the Battle of San Jacinto.


U.S. Navy USS Ticonderoga (CG 47), cruiser emblem (crest) U.S. Navy USS Ticonderoga (CG 47), cruiser emblem (crest)

SHIELD: Azure, on a bend Argent four mullets of the first; on a chief embattled Gules, fimbriated of the second, a lion passant guardant Or.

CREST: On a wreath of the colors, six spearheads barbed Argent, surmounted at center by an escutcheon Azure charged with a mullet Or.

MOTTO: On a scroll Azure, doubled Argent, the words “FIRST AEGIS CRUISER” in letters Argent.

SEAL: The coat of arms in full color as in the blazon, all upon a white background and enclosed within a dark blue border with straight sides arched at the top and bottom, edged on the outside with gold rope and bearing the name “USS TICONDEROGA” at top and “CG-47” in base all in gold.

SHIELD: The history of the name Ticonderoga and of the four ships which have borne that name is represented by the symbols on the shield. The name Ticonderoga is from the Iroquois Indian word meaning “between two waters” and is symbolized by the white band separating the blue lower half of the shield. The four dark blue stars symbolize the previous four ships bearing the name TICONDEROGA. The historical capture of the Fort Ticonderoga is commemorated by the embattled partition line with the gold lion on the red field above it signifying our British adversary during the Revolutionary War. The motto “FIRST AEGIS CRUISER” emphasizes the significance of the new combat system and the ship which carries it.
CREST: The AEGIS Weapon System, a new dimension in surface ship combat systems which has as its motto “SHIELD OF THE FLEET”, is symbolized by the blue shield of a shape distinctive to the AEGIS System. The single gold star represents CG-47, the fifth ship to bear the name TICONDEROGA and the first combatant to carry the shield to sea. The spears extending from the shield reflect TICONDEROGA’s mighty offensive armament capabilities and unparalleled firepower which permit her to operate in a multi-threat environment and take on any air, surface and sub-surface target which the Battle Group might encounter.


U.S. Navy USS Valley Forge (CG 50), cruiser emblem (crest) U.S. Navy USS Valley Forge (CG 50), cruiser emblem (crest)

Shield: The colors white and blue are for the sea. The chevron signifies protection with its "V" shape referring to "Valley". The two stars signify the service of the first USS VALLEY FORGE (CV 45) in the Korean War and in Vietnam as well as two Navy firsts: (1) accomplishing the concept of of "vertical envelopment" (Valley Forge's helicopters airlifted marines and returned them) in South Vietnam and (2) being the first American carrier to return to Korea for a third deployment during the war. The gauntlet grasping the trident denotes sea power with the gold color representing excellence. the trident pointing skyward with the points similar in shape to aircraft refers to the mission of the VALLEY FORGE (CV 45) as an aircraft carrier; at the same time the three points of the trident suggest the mighty offensive armament capabilities of VALLEY FORGE (CG 50) and her unparalleled firepower which permits her to take on any air, surface, and sub-surface target which the Battle Group might encounter. The red border is for the courage and patriotism of the Continental Army during that bleak winter at Valley Forge. Also, the color red represents the blood shed and refers to this quote by George Washington at that time, "... you might have tracked the the blood of their feet." The thirteen white crosses, which resemble snow flakes, are for the self sacrifice which was the order of the day during that winter and the number thirteen is for thirteen colonies. The color white of the crosses is for the bitter cold and snow the soldiers endured at Valley Forge.

Crest: George Washington's leadership and great courage held the Continental Army together that winter of 1777 and 1778 at Valley Forge, and a new Army, with renewed self confidence and fighting ability, was born. The name Valley Forge has become symbolic of American loyalty and self-sacrifice. The crossed flintlocks or muskets are symbolic of the weapons of that period and the soldiers who endured the hardships of Valley Forge are represented by the gold wreath which stands for a deed of great valor.


U.S. Navy USS Vella Gulf (CG 72), cruiser emblem (crest) U.S. Navy USS Vella Gulf (CG 72), cruiser emblem (crest)

Shield: VELLA GULF’s coat of arms links the officers and men of Divisions ABLE ONE and ABLE TWO who fought valiantly at the Battle of Vella Gulf, with the crew that sails in VELLA GULF today. The commissioning pennant recalls the previous ship of the same name, USS VELLA GULF (CVE 111). Dark blue and gold are colors traditionally associated with the Navy. The Battle of Vella Gulf occurred in an area known as "The Slot" in the Solomon Islands, represented by the flaunches in the middle of the shield. The wavy division at top refers to the sea. The six U.S. Navy destroyers involved in the battle are recalled by the six sections comprising the shield, while the four Japanese destroyers, the "Tokyo Express," who were defeated at Vella Gulf, are suggested by the red discs. Dark blue alludes to the darkness of the nighttime battle. Counter-changing the colors of the shield underscores unity of U.S. Navy components; the bald eagle characterizes the U.S. victory and naval strength, past and present. The crossed swords embody the synergism of officer-enlisted teams. Sailors of the USS Vella Gulf stand proudly under the American flag displayed below the ship's bridge as the ship pulls pierside at Naval Station Norfolk, Va.

Crest: The trident symbolizes sea prowess and the modern weapons of the AEGIS combat system. The lightning flashes represent quick strike capabilities and allude to the advantage of radar, which was instrumental to victory in the Battle of Vella Gulf. Red symbolizes courage and firepower. The star commemorates the Battle Star awarded to the USS VELLA GULF (CVE-111) for her service in World War II.

Motto: The motto is adapted from a maxim of General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, CSA, which reads: "To move swiftly, strike vigorously, and secure all the fruits of victory, is the secret to successful warfare."


U.S. Navy USS Vicksburg (CG 69), cruiser emblem (crest) U.S. Navy USS Vicksburg (CG 69), cruiser emblem (crest)

Shield: The shield's dark blue and gold are the colors traditionally associated with the United States Navy. Red is emblematic of sacrifice and valor. The blue and gray of the shield recall the two sides involved in the Civil War. The four sections underscore July 4, 1863, the date of the confederate surrender at Vicksburg, MS. The Naval sword and musket, crossed to express strength, signify the teamwork and the joint operations of the land and sea forces at Vicksburg when the Union Navy transported General Ulysses S. Grant’s Army inland under fire. The annulet symbolizes General Grant’s siege of the city by closing the ring on the Confederate forces to win the battle. The vertical missile symbolizes the firepower of the current cruiser, USS VICKSBURG. The border simulates the armor plates of the Civil War gunboats and the part they played in the battle. The seventeen black cannon balls pay tribute to the Union’s 17th Army Corps Commander who was victorious at Vicksburg, and was appointed Commander of the Vicksburg District on July 4, 1863.

Crest: In the crest, the American eagle in flight symbolizes the reunification of the states involved in the Civil War. The eagle carries a streamer containing the two battle stars of the previous cruiser, USS VICKSBURG (CL 86), received for service in World War II. The key held in the eagle’s right talon represents President Abraham Lincoln’s statement that "...Vicksburg is the key...the war can never be brought to a close until that key is in our pocket." The trident in the eagle’s left talon is symbolic of a sea power with its three tines representing the anti-air, anti-surface, and anti-submarine warfare capabilities of the present guided missile cruiser, USS Vicksburg (CG 69). The trident also honors the previous ships named "VICKSBURG". The embattled wall above the wavy lines recalls the high fortresses of the city of Vicksburg along the east bank of the Mississippi River, and also represents defense, strength, and the combat capabilities of CG 69.


U.S. Navy USS Vincennes (CG 49), cruiser emblem (crest) U.S. Navy USS Vincennes (CG 49), cruiser emblem (crest)

Shield: The three divisions of the shield represent the three circumnavigations of the earth made by the first vessel to bear the name Vincennes; contain allusions to activities of these expeditions. The indented fess line represents the ice of the Antarctic continent which was discovered and named by Lieutenant Charles Wilkes, Captain of the Vincennes in 1840.
The Antarctic wastes and icebergs are alluded to by the white area in the center base which bears a lead line weight of the early 19th century period; referring to the new data in charts and cartography gathered by the surveys made during expeditions with the Vincennes as flagship. The silver fleur-de-lis refers to the French origin of the name Vincennes and the fort in Indiana after which the ship was named. The eight gold stars on a light blue border represent the Battle Stars awarded to CA-44 and CL-64 during World War II and refer again to the State of Indiana, whose flag bears gold stars on a blue field. The Navy is represented on the shield by dark blue and gold, colors usually associated with the Navy.

Crest: The embattled wall recalls the Fort Vincennes in Indiana. Its color, red, refers to battle. The three embattlements refer to the three earlier vessels to bear the name Vincennes. The compass rose represents global navigation and exploration. The shamrock is a reference to the new ship's distinction as the third of its class and recalls the botanical surveys of the first Vincennes. The guided missile and rifle represent new and old weaponry carried by the latest and first Vincennes. The blue disc is a reference to the Antarctic skies and the first Vincennes' explorations.


U.S. Navy USS Yorktown (CG 48), cruiser emblem (crest)
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U.S. Navy USS Yorktown (CG 48), cruiser emblem (crest)

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