SHIELDOr, an anchor Proper charged below the stock with a propeller of the first, surmounted by two lightning flashes saltirewise Gules, overall an inverted mullet Argent; a bordure Azure.
From a wreath Or and Gules, a griffin passant, wings erect, holding in dexter claws a demi-trident, all of the first.
A scroll Azure edged and doubled Gules inscribed "FORTUNE FAVORS VALOR" Or.
A U.S. Navy officer's sword and a cutlass saltirewise points down Proper.
The coat of arms as blazoned in full color upon a white oval enclosed by a dark blue collar edged on the outside with a gold rope and inscribed "USS ROSS" at top and "DDG 71" at bottom in gold.
SHIELDDark blue and gold are the colors representing the Navy. The anchor stands for the anchorage at Pearl Harbor, attacked December 7, 1941 by Japanese aircraft, bringing the United States into World War II. The lightning flashes symbolize the unexpected assault and resulting bloodshed. The ship's propeller represents Warrant Officer Ross and the badge of a Navy machinist, a post he held at the time of the action. His heroism during the attack is recalled by the inverted silver star which represents the Medal of Honor he earned for valor on board the battleship USS NEVADA. The shape of the shield refers to the Aegis armament and capabilities of DDG 71. Gold stands for excellence; red, for courage.
The griffin, noted for vigilance, intelligence and valor, reflects the versatility of DDG 71's operating capabilities. It holds a trident, denoting the range of USS Ross' offensive equipment and outstanding firepower. Gold stands for excellence.
The crossed Navy officer's sword and enlisted cutlass reflect Warrant Officer Ross' service as both an officer and an enlisted sailor.