U.S. Aegis Ashore Missile Defense System--Romania
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Seal


Blazon

SHIELD

Tierced in pale: Azure a fouled anchor Or, Or a billet Argent fimbriated Vert, and Gules a sheaf of wheat of the second; enté en point embowed Vert a compass rose Argent.


CREST

Perched upon a tower battlement tierced in pale Azure, Or, Gules, each part per pale surmounted with a caltrap Argent, an American bald eagle facing sinister and holding in his left claw a three-pronged trident Or, in his beak a U.S. Navy commission pennant Proper; all upon a torse of the colors (Or and Azure).


MOTTO

On a scroll Or, doubled Azure, the words “APĂRĂM ALIANŢA” (We Defend the Alliance) in letters Azure.


SEAL

The coat of arms in full color as in the blazon, all upon a white background and enclosed within a dark blue border with straight sides arched at the top and bottom, edged on the outside with a gold rope and bearing the name “U.S. AEGIS ASHORE MISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEM” at top and “ROMANIA” in base all in gold.

Symbolism

SHIELD

Blue, yellow and red are the colors of the Romanian flag and represent the host nation of the U.S. Aegis Ashore Missile Defense System. The gold fouled anchor on a blue background represents the U.S. Navy and the Sailors who will operate the Aegis Ashore system. The narrow white stripe acknowledges the history of the Romanian air base at Deveselu and as the numeral one, it signifies this being the first Aegis Ashore site in Europe. The sheaf of wheat is borrowed from the coat of arms of Olt county, where Deveselu is located; it denotes the coordination between the United States and Romania, whose partnership seeks an abundant harvest of peace. The prominent green field symbolizes the ashore aspect of this Navy system, and the four-pointed NATO pole star emphasizes the mission of Aegis Ashore to conduct ballistic missile defense of allies and partners in the European region.


CREST

The eagle, a traditional symbol of power and vigilance, also represents the United States as principal contributor of the ballistic missile defense capability, supported by Romania as the host nation for the Aegis Ashore Missile Defense System. The commission pennant denotes the Aegis heritage evolved from U.S. Navy warships. The eagle’s wings displayed signify defense, the clutched trident represents sea power, as the Aegis weapon system, initially developed for battlegroup defense at sea, is now poised from land to search for, track and intercept ballistic missiles. The tower battlement bears the colors of the Romanian flag, celebrating the alliance relationship with a fellow NATO member. The three crenels of the battlement each host a caltrap, symbolizing three missile launchers and the version of the Standard Missile interceptor (SM-3) used in the weapon system.


MOTTO

Apărăm Alianţa: a Romanian phrase meaning “we defend the alliance.” Defense of the Alliance as a motto parallels the US Army 49th Missile Defense Battalion motto, “DEFENSIMUS PATRIAM,” which means “defending the homeland.” Aegis Ashore’s ballistic missile defense capability is linked to the Army’s Ground-based Midcourse Defense in purpose and methodology. The linkage in motto further invokes the assigned mission of Aegis Ashore to defend European allies from the threat of ballistic missiles. Additionally, the Romanian translation for defending the alliance shares the same alliteration as in Aegis Ashore.





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