USS Arlington (LPD 24)
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Coat of Arms


Description/Blazon

SHIELD

On a pentagon Azure, a laurel wreath superimposed in base by a demi-trident erect Or, overall the Arlington House Proper; a bordure in the traditional buff of Indiana limestone Proper with dexter base section Gules.


CREST

On a wreath Or and Azure, an arc of thirteen stars with alternating rays of the first, a bald eagle volant descending with gaze to base, overall in base is a 9/11 Pentagon Memorial Bench with open end to dexter superimposed by another at the ground anchor point with open end to sinister, all in front of two 9/11 Pentagon Memorial Trees all Proper.


MOTTO

A tripartite scroll Azure doubled and inscribed "STRENGTH HONOR FORTITUDE" Or.


SUPPORTERS

Four swords, two and two saltirewise points down Proper. On dexter side a USN CPO cutlass and USN Officer's sword; on sinister side a USMC Officer's sword and USMC NCO sword.


SEAL

The coat of arms as blazoned in full color upon a white oval enclosed by a blue collar edged on the outside with a gold rope bearing the inscription "USS ARLINGTON" at top and in base "LPD 24" in gold letters. The rope has 184 twists, one for each of the lives lost at the Pentagon on September 11, 2001.

Symbolism

SHIELD

Dark blue and gold are the colors traditionally used by the Navy. The pentagon shaped shield, representing the Department of Defense, has a border or fašade the color of limestone buff except the red section of the Southwest wall. The red section symbolizes the area of the Pentagon where American Airlines Flight 77, commandeered by suicide-terrorists, was targeted and crashed into the building on September 11, 2001. The laurel wreath is symbolic of honor and high achievement, and commemorates the heroism of the first responders to ground zero at the Pentagon. The trident, representing sea prowess, underscores USS Arlington's missions to support the embarkation, transportation, and deployment of the Marine Corps landing force to conduct primary amphibious warfare missions. The Pentagon's location in Arlington County is highlighted by the Arlington House adapted from the Arlington County seal.


CREST

The thirteen stars between the rays are from the Department of Defense seal. The two benches with the trees represent two of the 184 illuminated benches of the Pentagon Memorial, a permanent outdoor memorial to the lives taken in the Pentagon and on the American Airlines Flight 77. The bald eagle, embodiment of strength, vigilance and resolve, is long associated with the United States of America and our Armed Forces. It is soaring with above bowing its head in respect for the fallen. The eagle's wings echo the shape of the Memorial Benches.


SUPPORTERS

The crossed Navy officer sword and CPO cutlass, and Marine Corps officer and NCO swords symbolize the teamwork of the Navy-Marine Corps warfighting team of the amphibious assault warship, USS Arlington. The enlisted swords further highlight the enlisted Sailors and Marines as being the back bone of our Naval Forces





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