USS Antrim (FFG 20)
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Coat of Arms


Description/Blazon

SHIELD

Celeste, a cross throughout or voided Azure (Dark Blue) and overall a mullet point down of the second bearing a fouled anchor palewise entwined with two cross crosslets fitched in saltire all of the third.

CREST

On a wreath of the colors, Or and Celeste, within a wreath formed by a frond of palm and a branch of laurel Proper in front of a demi-torch of the first a portcullis Gules chained and studded Or.


MOTTO

On a scroll Azure doubled Celeste the words "IN DEFENSE OF FREEDOM" in Gold letters.


SEAL

The complete coat of arms in full color as in the blazon upon a white oblong, arched at the top
and bottom and enclosed by a blue border inscribed "USS ANTRIM" at top and "FFG-20" in
gold letters; the blue border bearing an outer edge of gold continuous rope.

Symbolism

SHIELD

Dark blue and gold are the colors traditionally associated with the Navy and symbolize the sea and excellence. The light blue and reversed star refers to the Medal of Honor awarded to Admiral Antrim for heroic actions while in a Japanese POW camp at Makassar, Celebes, and Batavia, Java. The anchor symbolizes his Naval career and the cross crosslets fitched, a personal device, his dedication to service. The cross throughout the shield is an allusion of the Navy, Cross awarded for action in the Battle of the Java Sea in the Dutch East Indies.


CREST

The wreath is for outstanding gallantry and achievement; the palm denotes victory and the laurel honor. The torch symbolizes leadership and bravery, and the portcullis, the POW camp where these qualities earned Admiral Antrim the Navy Medal of Honor.





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