USNS Spearhead (JHSV 1)
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Coat of Arms


Description/Blazon

SHIELD

Azure (Dark Blue), on a pile transposed wavy Argent, between two lightning bolts in chevron of the last, issuant from base a spearhead Gules (Brick Red) throughout.


MOTTO

A scroll Sable garnished Or and inscribed ''DUCERE CLASSEM'' of the second.


SUPPORTERS

The shield is superimposed upon a trident Or, surmounted by a United States Army Officer's sword and a Marine Corps Officer's Mameluke in saltire, points downward Proper.


SEAL

The coat of arms as blazoned in full color on a white oval field within a dark blue designation band, edged gold roped border and bearing the name USNS SPEARHEAD at top and JHSV 1 at base.

Symbolism

SHIELD

Dark blue and gold are the colors traditionally associated with the Navy, representing the sea and excellence. Joint High Speed Vessel is a new class of ship conceived as a joint endeavor among the Army, Navy, Marines and Special Operations Command. This vessel will be delivered to, owned and operated by the U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command. The USNS SPEARHEAD is the first ship in the new class, as illustrated by the spearhead, signifying military readiness for the missions assigned. The lightning bolts symbolize speed. Brick red is the color traditionally associated with the U.S. Army Transportation Corps. The spearhead on the wavy pile suggests the prow of a ship on the water and, combined with the lightning bolts, alludes to the JHSV being one of the fastest ships in the fleet.


SUPPORTERS

The trident represents Navy and maritime authority and, placed behind the shield, implies the Naval command's support for each uniformed service associated with the project. The crossed Army sword and Marine Corps Mameluke symbolize the cooperation and teamwork of each armed force required to accomplish the mission.


MOTTO

The motto, ''DUCERE CLASSEM,'' translated ''TO LEAD THE FLEET,'' further emphasizes the USNS SPEARHEAD as the first of her class and one of the fastest ships in the arsenal. The black and gold colors of the scroll are emblematic of the United States Army and the United States Special Operations Command.





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