SHIELDArgent, below an arc of five mullets Azure, a demi-trident issuing from base surmounted on the shaft by the World War II Marine Raider patch Proper; a bordure of the first.
From a wreath Argent and Azure a double-headed phoenix of the like rising from flames Proper, overall issuing pilewise from the wreath four lightning bolts of the first; between the wing tips a mullet inverted Celeste charged with a cross paty convexed Or.
A tripartite scroll Azure edged Gules, doubled and inscribed with "GUNG HO" Argent.
Four swords, two and two saltirewise points down Proper. On dexter side a USN CPO cutlass and USN Officer's sword; on sinister side a USMC Officer's sword and USMC NCO sword.
The coat of arms in full color as in the blazon upon a White background and enclosed with a Dark Blue oval border on the outside with a Gold rope and bearing the inscription "USS MAKIN ISLAND" above and "LHD 8" in base all Gold.
SHIELDUSS MAKIN ISLAND (LHD 8) is named for a daring raid carried out by Marine Raider Companies A and B. Second Raider Battalion (Carlson's Raiders) on Japanese held Makin Island on August 17-18, 1942 and for the USS MAKIN ISLAND (CVE 93), a Casablanca class escort aircraft carrier which served during World War II from 1944-1946. Dark blue alludes to the sea, the theater of Naval operations and gold is for excellence. Scarlet refers to the U.S. Marine Corps. The shield border shape and thickness symbolize Makin Island, the atoll in the Gilbert Islands and honors the 30 Marine Raiders who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country there. The five stars commemorate the five battle stars awarded to CVE-93 during World War II. The Raider Crest, a blue shield with skull and five stars in the shape of the Southern Cross commemorates Marine Raider Companies A and B, Second Raider Battalion. The trident, symbol of sea prowess, with its three tines represents the future contributions of USS MAKIN ISLAND (LHD 8), its associated Expeditionary Strike Group, and USMC main battery in the air, across the surface, and under the sea. The trident also symbolizes the contributions that were made in the areas of Sea Power by the Second Raider Battalion and USS MAKIN ISLAND (CVE 93).
The inverted blue star honors SSGT Thomason, who distinguished himself during the Makin Island Raid and was the first enlisted U.S. Marine to be awarded the MEDAL OF HONOR in World War ll. The embedded stylized cross alludes to the Navy Cross and commemorates the 23 awarded to Carlson's Raiders after Makin Island. The Phoenix is the symbol of transformation and new beginnings. It has two heads, one looking to the past and the other to the future representing Makin Island's role as the transformational bridge between the LHD class and the next generation of amphibious capital ships. The flames and lightning bolts below the Phoenix symbolize the rebirth of amphibious capital ships with Gas Turbines, Electric Drive and all electric auxiliaries. In the wreath below the flames, blue represents the U.S. Navy and the United States. White represents integrity and loyalty. The two colors interwoven in the rope represent how these two responsibilities are forever intertwined.
A USN Officer's Sword, 1917 Naval NCO Cutlass, USMC Officer's Mameluke and a 1840 USMC NCO Sword were chosen to represent the teamwork required of Officer and Enlisted , Navy and Marine Corps for USS MAKIN ISLAND (LHD 8) to accomplish her mission.
"GUNG HO" was the Battle Cry of the Second Raider Battalion and the Motto of USS MAKIN ISLAND (CVE 93). "GUNG HO" translated means "WORK TOGETHER".