SHIELDPer fess Or and Azure, in chief a grape vine fructed and supported by a stake Proper dimidiated per fess with a fouled demi-anchor Or.
From a wreath Or and Azure, upon a mount Vert, a Roman Helmet, behind an image of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
A bipartite scroll Azure, doubled Purpure, inscribed "BENEFICIUM PER DUCATUS" Or.
SHIELDDark blue and gold are the colors traditionally used by the Navy. The anchor is an established symbol of the Navy's maritime tradition. The grape vine evolving into the chain around the anchor reflects the support of supplies and delivery of cargo that the ship will undertake as well as symbolizing the efforts of Cesar Chavez to improve the plight of the migrant worker by giving them stronger representation.
The mount vert represents the fields in which Cesar Chavez toiled. The image of the star, red pentagon and ring of eagles are all from The Presidential Medal of Freedom that was posthumously awarded to Mr. Chavez in 1994 and shows the result and appreciation of his struggles to help the migrant worker. The Gallic Imperial helmet of Rome is a pictorial reference to the Emperor Caesar and a visual pun or canting on the name of Cesar Chavez.
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 CESAR CHAVEZ at top and T-AKE 14 at base.
The Latin motto, "Beneficium per Ducatus," translates to "Service through Leadership" in English.