USS Devastator (MCM 6)
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Coat of Arms



Azure, a barrulet wavy argent, issuing from base a stylized demi-mine sable enflamed gules and or; overall a pile of the like bearing a trident head of the first charged on the shaft with a lightning flash of the second.


Rising from a wreath of the colors (argent and azure),a dragon's head breathing flames proper, gorged with a collar azure rimmed or and charged with five mullets argent; overall at base two crossed swords, a sabre point to dexter base and a cutlass point to sinister base proper.


On a scroll azure edged or the words" IRON MEN NO GREATER HEROES" in letters of the second.


The coat of arms emblazoned upon a white oval enclosed by a blue collar on the outside with a gold rope and inscribed with the words USS DEVASTATOR above and MCM 6 below in gold letters.



Dark blue and gold are the colors traditionally used by the United States Navy. Sea waves are symbolized by the white wavy bar. A trident is the symbol of sea power; it is charged with a lightning flash to highlight MCM 6's modern electronic warfare capabilities. The pile, or "V" shape, pointing down toward the mine, emphasizes the ship's minesweeping mission: to search, detect and detonate mines. The pile also simulates a ship's bow cutting through the sea to clear critical sea lanes of enemy mines. The stylized detonated mine highlights the previous ship's service during the dangerous preinvasion minesweeps of Japanese and Korean waters.


The name of the ship is characterized by the dragon, symbolizing invincibility and power. The dragon breathing fire also dramatizes the action to remove the enemy threat. The cutlass together with the sabre reflects the team spirit of the enlisted and officers. The five stars on his collar honor and commemorate the previous USS Devastator's three battle stars for World War II service and two for Korean War service.

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