USCGC Hickory (WLB 212)
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Coat of Arms


Blazon

SHIELD

Argent, a naval sword palewise Proper, on a sinister quarter Azure a compass rose of the first, in dexter a stylized hickory tree Proper thereon eight mullets in the configuration of the constellation Ursa Major and the North Star of the first and in sinister base two buoys erect Vert and Gules.


CREST

From a wreath Argent and Azure issuing from the waves of the sea, a lighthouse Proper adapted from the Lighthouse Service pin radiating three rays on either side of the lantern Or.


MOTTO

A tripartite scroll Azure doubled Gules and inscribed ''LIBERTY SVOBODA LIBERTAS” (Liberty Liberty Liberty) Argent.


SUPPORTERS

On dexter side, a bull moose and on the sinister side, a polar bear, all upon a compartment of ice floe Proper.


SEAL

The coat of arms as blazoned upon a white disc enclosed by a dark blue border edged on the outside with gold rope and inscribed “USCGC HICKORY” above and “WLB 212” below in gold.

Symbolism

SHIELD

The hickory tree, strong and resilient, reflects the cutter’s mission. The North Star and Big Dipper are adapted from the Alaska State flag, home port of HICKORY. The dark blue and white allude to night and day and the 24-hour preparedness of the boat. The sword represents the cutter’s mission for Homeland Security support and the enforcement of U.S. maritime and environmental protection laws. The buoys represent their primary mission in maintaining aid to navigation. The compass rose, symbol of guidance, highlights the search and rescue mission.


CREST

The lighthouse is derived from the Lighthouse Service pin and commemorates the previous two cutters named HICKORY that worked under this Service.


SUPPORTERS

The polar bear is symbolic of Alaska, and the moose is the cutter’s mascot. They are positioned on an ice floe that represents the icebraking mission of USCCG HICKORY.





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