USS Aubrey Fitch (FFG 34)
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Coat of Arms



Per fess nebuly Celeste and Azure, in chief four mullets Or and on a pole reversed of the like a caltrop of the second surmounting a ray issuant from base Gules fimbriated of the field.


Upon a wreath Or and Azure, standing upon waves of the sea Proper a trident, winged at the head and fitched at the foot of the first, surmounted on the shaft by an open book Proper leathered of the second and garnished of the first bearing on the dexter page a four-bladed propeller and on the sinister a cross patonce saltirewise all Gold.


On a scroll Azure doubled Or, the words "A BREED APART" in Gold.


The coat of arms emblazoned upon a white oval field enclosed by a dark blue border edged on the outside with gold rope and inscribed "USS AUBREY FITCH" at the top and "FFG 34" in base gold.



The blue colors suggest the sky and the sea in allusion to naval aviation. The stars refer to the highest rank achieved by Admiral Aubrey Fitch. The yellow (or gold)area in base refers to a phase of the Battle of the Coral Sea in which Admiral Fitch the first American Air Admiral to engage the Japanese in the first decisive naval battle in history to be fought entirely by aircraft, without a shot being exchanged by surface ships. This action was decisive in that it halted the enemy's southern conquest; therefore it is symbolized by a weapon of ancient times which was strewn on the ground to halt the advance of cavalry. The symbol also refers to the other events in the Admiral's distinguished career: he once commanded the USS Langley, the first American aircraft carrier when the Japanese struck Pearl Harbor he took Carrier Division One from the West Coast of the United States and penetrated deep into the enemy waters.


The shape of the waves was suggested by the design of the Distinguished Service Medal which was awarded twice to Admiral Fitch during his career. The winged trident and open book refer to his appointment as the first naval airman as superintendent of the Naval Academy and the propeller is placed on the book to denote he was instrumental in the establishment of the Department of Aeronautics during his administration. The propeller also refers to the Army Distinguished Flying Cross awarded to Admiral Fitch. The gold cross patonce represents the appointment as Honorary Knight in the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, one of the many foreign decorations with which Admiral Fitch was honored.

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