SHIELDPer fess Or and Argent from a bar embattled counter-embattled issuing five flashes pilewise Gules, in base a mullet one point down Celeste, a bordure Azure.
From a wreath Or and Gules a Marine Mameluke and Naval sword saltirewise points up Proper supporting an eagle displayed Or.
A scroll Gules doubled and inscribed "BEYOND THE CALL" Or.
The 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 name "USS GONZALEZ" at the top and "DDG 66" in base all gold.
SHIELDDark blue and gold are the colors traditionally associated with the Navy and symbolize sea and excellence. Red is emblematic of valor and sacrifice. The embattled line reflects the Citadel and alludes to a strong defense. The flashes depict speed and the electronic capabilities of the Aegis system while reflecting Marine Sgt. Alfredo Gonzalez's bravery under fire. The reversed blue star represents the Medal of Honor, our country's highest honor, awarded to Sgt. Gonzalez, the ship's namesake, for his sacrifice and bravery. The border symbolizes unity and cooperation while the Aegis shaped shield highlights USS GONZALEZ'S ability to conduct mult-mission warfare operations with quick decisive action.
The eagle is adapted from the Marine Corps Seal and reflects leadership and courage.The two swords, Navy and Marine, are crossed for strength and teamwork and honor both services.