SHIELDAzure fimbriated Or, issuing from base a battle-axe Proper; a bordure Gules charged with seven bezants, two, two, two and one.
On a wreath Or and Azure a lion rampant Gules grasping a cross pate Or.
A scroll Azure doubled Gules inscribed "ALII PRAE ME" Argent.
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 MILIUS" at top and "DDG 69" in base all in gold.
SHIELDDark blue and gold are the colors traditionally associated with the Navy and represent the sea and excellence. The shield itself reflects the power of the Aegis shield. The double-edged battle-axe symbolizes the power of the modern guided missile destroyer. The battle-axe harnessed is a warning to all that peace should be maintained; provoked and unleashed, the battle-axe is a punishing offensive weapon capable of delivering crushing blows. The trident reflects the prowess of MILIUS, capable of projecting sea power on land, in the air, on and beneath the sea. The crossed swords are the modern Navy sword of today and the cutlass of the John Paul Jones era, symbolizing the enduring traditions and heritage of the United States Navy. The border, for unity, is red, highlighting readiness for action and sacrifice, if necessary. The seven bolts on the border represent the seven lives saved by Captain Milius' heroic actions.
The lion suggests Captain (then Commander) Milius' extraordinary heroism as the aircraft commander in Observation Squadron Sixty-Seven for which he received the Navy Cross, represented by the cross pate and underscores his selfless courage and inspirational devotion to duty.
The translation of the Latin motto is "OTHERS BEFORE MYSELF."