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On a disc Celeste, above a landscape Azure, parted by a sun streak Or, and a shoreline of the first, a duck looking to dexter Gris, detailed of the second, eyed Argent, beak and tail stripe of the third, on its head three rotor blades of the second, its dexter wing shading its eyes, all within a narrow Red border.

Attached below the disc, a White scroll edged with a narrow Red border and inscribed "83D EXP RESCUE SQUADRON" in Red letters.


Ultramarine blue and Air Force yellow are the Air Force colors. Blue represents the sky, the primary theater of Air Force operations. Yellow refers to the sun and the excellence required of Air Force personnel. The emblem portrays the mission of a rescue squadron assigned helicopters and amphibious craft. The landscape indicates both mountainous and level terrain and water. The life raft, piloted by a caricatured duck intently scanning the horizon, indicates search; the rotor blades, worn as a head piece by the duck, indicate helicopter capability; and the yellow stripe on the duck's tail is a recognized air rescue aircraft marking.

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