SHIELDAzure, two chevronels reversed of Fall River granite Proper fimbriated Argent surmounted by a pile dancetty of eight with a spearhead in point of the last, charged with a barry of five vair of the colors top to bottom Black, Silver Gray, Light Blue, Yellow and Silver Gray, in pale a lightning trident of the first highlighted Or fimbriated of the second.
Issuing from a torse Argent and Azure on an arched Light Blue background a woodland scene of a river falls Proper.
Behind the shield a United States Army Officer saber and a Marine Corps Officer mameluke sword in saltire, points downward Proper.
A Dark Blue scroll with swallow tail ends turned Yellow inscribed “FAST FEARLESS FAITHFUL” in Yellow letters.
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 bearing the inscription ''USNS FALL RIVER'' at top and “JHSV 4” in base in gold.
SHIELDThe shield shape is taken from the shield on the Seal of the State of Massachusetts. The chevronels reversed show the unique type of granite quarried from the area and also signify that this is the second naval vessel named for the City. The eight dancetty pile makes reference to the historic eight fall flow of the Quequechan River at this point. This river once flowed through downtown Fall River, providing great waterpower potential for the textile mills that sprung up along its banks. The spearhead in point signifies the fourth Spearhead-class Joint High Speed Vessel to be part of Military Sealift Command. The barry of five vair serves to describe the building shape of those aforementioned textile mills and indicates the stack colors of the Military Sealift Command’s fleet. The lightning trident symbolizes the swiftness, power and reliability of the USNS Fall River.
The image is a descriptive of the City’s name.
The saber and mameluke sword symbolize cooperation and teamwork and the JHSV’s capability to transport both U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps personnel and their military vehicles.
Blue is the color for truth, constancy and calm seas. Yellow signifies nobleness, honor and vigor. The motto, “FAST FEARLESS FAITHFUL,” reflects these traits.