SHIELDPer chevron Azure and Gules a chevronel Or, issuing from base a demi-double headed battle-axe Argent.
From a wreath Or and Azure, a ship's wheel of the first bearing a fountain, all superimposed by two Civil War era muskets saltirewise Proper.
A scroll Azure edged and inscribed "FIRST IN FREEDOM" in Gold.
A United States Navy and a Marine Corps Officer's sword saltirewise points down Proper.
The complete coat of arms emblazoned in full color upon a white oval enclosed by a blue collar edged on the outside with a continuous gold rope and inscribed at top "USS HARPERS FERRY" and in base "LSD-49," all in gold letters.
SHIELDDark blue and gold are the colors traditionally associated with the Navy and symbolize the sea and excellence. Red and gold are the traditional Marine Corps colors. The chevron denotes movement, symbolizing the delivery ashore of ground troops. The battle-axe, denoting strength and battle-readiness, has two cutting edges to signify the prowess of both the USS HARPERS FERRY and the Marines she lands.
The ship's wheel and the fountain, heraldic symbols for water, refer to world- wide capabilities and transportation while highlighting the location and importance of the town of Harpers Ferry, the ship's namesake. The Civil War muskets indicate both the past and present USS HARPERS FERRY while alluding to the history and heritage of the town.
The Navy and Marine Corps Officer's swords reflect the ship's mission and are crossed to denote cooperation, teamwork and strength.