USNS John Glenn (MLP 2)
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Coat of Arms


Blazon

SHIELD

Gules, a chevron rompu Azure semi of twenty mullets and fimbriated Argent between in chief two fasces Or blades opposed and in base the silhouette of the space capsule Friendship 7 Sable fimbriated Or and charged with the U.S. Marine Corps emblem below the numeral “7,” both of the last.


CREST

Above a torse Argent and Gules, a terrestrial globe encircled by three orbits of the first, upon the lower left of the orbit in bend sinister a stylized space capsule Sable.


SUPPORTERS

On either side of the shield, two U.S. Marine Corps Officer mamelukes, points downward Proper.


MOTTO

A dark blue tripartite scroll, turned red, and inscribed “INSPIRATION HONOR DEDICATION” in white letters.

Symbolism

SHIELD

The chevron rompu is a reference to John Glenn’s distinguished career as a Marine Corps pilot, astronaut and Senator. Red, black and gold are the colors associated with the United States Marine Corps. John Glenn’s training with the Corps and subsequent combat missions during World War II and the Korean War prepared him for the rigorous mental and physical tests of becoming an astronaut. The scattering of 20 stars represents the date--February 20, 1962--when Colonel Glenn flew the Friendship 7 mission and became the first American to orbit the earth and only the fifth person to fly in space. The fasces denote his career as a United States Senator. Beneath the shield are three of John Glenn’s major awards: the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Space Medal of Honor.


CREST

The globe with three red bands celebrates John Glenn’s achievement of orbiting the earth three times during a flight lasting four hours and 55 minutes. The USNS JOHN GLENN (MLP 2) is named in honor of his achievements in space, as a veteran and as a United States Senator.


MOTTO

John Glenn’s life and career are represented in the motto, “INSPIRATION HONOR DEDICATION.”


SUPPORTERS

Two U.S. Marine Corps Officer mamelukes depict John Glenn’s service during World War II and the Korean War.


SEAL

The coat of arms as blazoned in full color on a white oval field within a dark blue designation band, edged gold chain border and bearing the name “USNS JOHN GLENN” at top and “MLP 2” at base.





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