SHIELDArgent, an anchor Proper surmounted by two lightning bolts saltirewise Gules, overall a mullet Or; a bordure Azure bearing an orle of rivets of the third.
On a wreath Argent and Gules a lion passant Or armed and langued of the second grasping a trident Proper.
A scroll Argent fimbriated Azure inscribed "STEADFAST AND COURAGEOUS" Gules.
The coat of arms as blazoned in full color upon a white oval enclosed within a dark blue collar edged on the outside with gold rope and bearing the name "USS STETHEM" at top and "DDG 63" in base all in gold.
SHIELDDark blue and gold are the colors traditionally associated with the Navy and represent the sea and excellence. Red is emblematic of sacrifice and valor. Blue represents loyalty; white, integrity. The shield symbolizes the power and protection of AEGIS, the shield of Zeus. The bronze star honors the posthumous award Petty Officer Stethem received for bravery in the face of adversity. The anchor represents U.S. Naval strength and a strong global presence. The thunderbolts signify the firepower and attack capabilities of USS STETHEM. The border reflects unity, and the orle of rivets commemorates Petty Officer Stethem's service as a Seabee in Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 62.
The lion characterizes courage, strength and determination. The lion grasps a trident, symbol of sea prowess. The bottom spike of the trident points to the ocean depths, highlighting Petty Officer Stethem's service as a diver in Underwater Construction Team One.
Red, white and blue are the National colors and represent the ribbon colors of the Bronze Star Medal for heroism. The motto, "STEADFAST AND COURAGEOUS," underscores the spirit of Petty Officer Stethem, his firmness of purpose, unwavering loyalty to country, and the bravery to face difficulty and danger without fear.