SHIELDAzure, between a naval sword proper two dolphins uriant respectant or; a bordure gules.
On a wreath of the colors, (or and azure) issuant from a naval crown or charged with eight mullets azure the sails bearing a thistle and Tudor rose proper, a stylized Annapolis skyline argent.
Two tridents saltirewise or.
On a bipartite scroll azure doubled gules, the motto "BORN FREE HOPE TO DIE FREE" in white letters.
The coat of arms as blazoned in full color on a white round shape enclosed by a dark blue border edged on the outer side with a gold rope and inscribed in gold with the words "USS ANNAPOLIS" above and "SSN 760" below.
SHIELDDark blue and gold are the traditionary associated with the U.S. Navy; red is emblematic of valor and action. The heraldic dolphins, diving into the marine depths, symbolize underwater speed and intelligence. The naval sword suggests the numeral "1", emphasizing that the new USS ANNAPOLIS is the first in an all nuclear submarine force. The sword's upright position depicts the submarine ?s military readiness and vertical launch weaponry.
The Naval Crown, which is associated with distinguished sailors and towns with naval traditions, is charged with a heraldic thistle and rose (referring to a Scottish and English heritage) symbolizing the City of Annapolis and its naval traditions . The stars commemorate the eight battle stars the third USS ANNAPOLIS earned for service in Vietnam . Three major landmarks of the Annapolis skyline highlight the city for which the submarine is named.
The trident symbolizes sea power and naval weaponry. Each trident has three tines recalling the three previous ships named Annapolis. They are crossed to indicate strength, cooperation, and the cross-capabilities of the SSN 760.
Red, white and blue are our national colors and depict the principles of freedom upon which our country was founded and which the USS ANNAPOLIS stands ready to defend.