USS Anchorage (LPD 23)
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Coat of Arms



Per pile transposed Azure and Gules, two fouled anchors in saltire Or, entwined rope Argent.


From a wreath Or and Azure, between two moose antlers a pictorial of the HMS RESOLUTION sailing into Cook Inlet, all below six arched stars Gules.


From sprigs of spruce Vert overall, a scroll Argent piped Azure and inscribed "NIL FATO RELINQUEMUS" Gules, translated in English as "We Leave Nothing to Chance."


Behind the shield in saltire, four swords, two and two, a Navy officer sword and chief petty officer cutlass to dexter; and a Marine Corps officer sword and non-commissioned officer sword to sinister, points downward Proper.


The coat of arms as blazoned in full color upon a white oval enclosed by a blue collar edged on the outside with a gold rope bearing the inscription "USS ANCHORAGE" at top and in base "LPD 23" in gold letters.



The shield is shaped like the patch worn by the crew of the original USS ANCHORAGE. The two colors of the shield, Scarlet and Navy Blue, represent the teamwork demonstrated between Marines and Sailors onboard. The transposed pile symbolizes the ship's ability to transport a landing force of up to 800 combat Marines in support of any operational contingency. The crossed fouled anchors derive from the anchor in the seal of the Municipality of Anchorage and also identify this as the second ship designated USS ANCHORAGE. The entwined rope, which forms the letter "A," represents the families of ANCHORAGE's Sailors and Marines.


The Municipality of Anchorage is represented in the crest by the HMS RESOLUTION (another feature from the municipality's seal) in a pictorial of Cook Inlet. RESOLUTION was commanded by Captain James Cook, for whom the inlet is named, and figures prominently in the heritage of Anchorage, Alaska. The moose antlers framing the pictorial represent the municipality's motto: "Big Wild Life." The six red battle stars recognize the wartime accomplishments of the first ship named to honor Anchorage, LSD 36.


The scroll hangs from sprigs from a Sitka Spruce tree, the official tree of Alaska. Red, white, and blue are the national colors and denote the allegiance Marine Corps and Navy servicemen and women have for their country.


The crossed Navy officer sword and chief petty officer cutlass and Marine Corps officer and non-commissioned officer swords symbolize the teamwork of the ship's Navy-Marine Corps war fighting team.

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