USS Bunker Hill (CG 52)
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Coat of Arms



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.


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.


On a scroll Azure doubled Argent the words "DETERMINATION" and "DETERRENCE" in letters Argent.


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.



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.


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.

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