USS Connecticut (SSN 22)
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Coat of Arms



Argent, two stylized tomahawks saltirewise Proper superimposed by a silhouette of the "TURTLE" Azure charged with an anchor superimposed by a mullet Or.


A scroll Azure doubled and inscribed "ARSENAL OF THE NATION" Or.


All superimposed upon a trident Or with the tines upon a wreath of oak Proper and on either side of the bottom spike a dolphin naiant embowed respectant of the first.


The coat of arms in full color as in the blazon, all upon a white background and enclosed within a dark blue oval band edged with a gold rope on the outside and inscribed "USS CONNECTICUT" at top and "SSN 22" at bottom between two stars on either side all gold.



Dark blue and gold are the colors traditionally used by the U.S. Navy. White denotes integrity and red is for courage and sacrifice. The rococo shield is adapted from the armorial bearings of the State of Connecticut; its color highlights the "Great White Fleet" of which the fourth USS Connecticut was the flagship. The tomahawks represent the missiles on the present SSN. The dark blue silhouette of the first working submarine, the Turtle, which broke the British siege of New York Harbor in 1776, recalls the heritage of SSN 22. The star and anchor are adapted from the "Command at Sea" emblem and recall the U.S. Naval role in preserving America's command of the seas.


The trident is a traditional symbol of maritime prowess; its bottom spike points to the ocean depths, the area of operation of the present "USS Connecticut." The oak leaves, representing the Charter Oak of 1687, reflect the deep-rooted historic traditions of Connecticut and mark the refusal of their early leaders to give up their love of freedom. The dolphins, animals of speed and intelligence, are symbolic of submarine service.


The stars on the border represent the four previous ships named USS CONNECTICUT.

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