SHIELDOr, on a chevron between three crosses convex pattée Azure as many dolphins naiant of the first.
Issuant from a wreath Or and Azure between two demi-torches Or enflamed Gules a demi-trident of the second; surmounting the trident and arising between two sprigs of laurel in base Vert a naval sword palewise point up Or.
On a scroll Or doubled Azure the inscription "JUST FRIEND AND BRAVE ENEMY" in Dark Blue letters.
SHIELDDark blue and gold are the colors traditionally associated with the Navy and represent the sea and excellence. The chevron is a symbol of strength. The dolphins refer to Commander Underwood's three highly successful submarine patrols in the Pacific during World War II, for which he was awarded three Navy Crosses, represented by the crosses on the shield.
The trident, torches and laurel are adapted from the Naval Academy device and are used to symbolize naval prowess, fire power and excellence of capabilities. The sword refers to the highly coveted "Academy Sword" awarded to Captain Underwood for athletic excellence during his training at the United States Naval Academy.
The coat of arms as blazoned in full color on a white oval within a dark blue designation band, edged with a gold roped border and bearing the name USS UNDERWOOD at top and FFG 36 at base, all in gold.