USS Momsen (DDG 92)
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Coat of Arms



Azure (Dark Blue) a stylized nebula rompu enclosing the center tine of a demi-trident issuing from base Or counterchanged of the field; on a chief arched Celeste a diving helmet Or, issuing therefrom to dexter and sinister sides two dolphins, as on submariners' badge, of the last.


On a wreath Or and Azure (Dark Blue) in front of a laurel wreath two swords, a cutlass and an officer's sword, hilts to base chevron-wise reversed Proper between two mullets of the first and intertwining a riband of the second garnished of one stripe Or and doubled Gules, all superimposed by a stylized Navy Cross of the first.


A scroll Azure doubled and inscribed ''RISE ABOVE'' Or.


The coat of arms in full color as in the blazon, all upon a white background and enclosed within a dark blue oval border edged on the outside with a gold chain and bearing the inscription ''USS MOMSEN'' at top and ''DDG 92'' in base all gold.



Gold and Dark Blue represent the Navy; Celeste (Light Blue) and arched chief symbolize world-wide capability. The single nebula rompu rerpresnets the submarine rescue chamber developed and tested by Vice Admiral Momsen and since used by the Navy in submarine rescue operations. The upper portion of the nebula is freed and rising from the main body to convey the function of the rescue chamber and Momsen Lung, devices conceived and developed by VADM Momsen to save trapped mariners from damaged and sunken submarines. The demi-trident symbolizes advanced weaponry and sea power and its tines recall the attack pattern employed by VADM Momsen against convoys of Japanese shipping during World War II. The dolphins, derived from the submariners' badge and traditional friends of the sailor, refer respectively to the diving community and the individual submariners whose safety was the main concern of VADM Momsen's own diving skills and the equipment testing he conducted at grave personal risk. Gold denotes achievement and excellence.


The stylized Navy Cross refers to that awarded to VADM Momsen for his heroism as commander of an attack group of submarines against Japan's forces in the East China Sea during World War II. The blue and gold riband recalls the Distinguished Service Medal he received among many awards for his wartime service; the two gold stars refer to the Legion of Merit. The sword denotes readiness and the ability to fight and the cutlass represents the enlisted sailor and submariner. Together, in the form of the letter ''V,'' they represent VADM Momsen's combat awards. The wreath, symbol of honor and achievement, recalls the many and various decorations awarded to him during his distinguished career. The scarlet doubling on the riband symbolizes courage and sacrifice and refers to Navy support to Marine Corps forces. Gold denotes excellence.

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