SHIELDPer chevron enhanced Azure and Argent, overall two pallets couped and a chevronelle conjoined Metal Gris, issuing from base between three mullets chevronwise of the first, a phoenix rising Or from flames Gules charged on the breast with a escutcheon of the second charged with two gouttes de sang in chief between three pallets, of the first, of the fifth and Celeste; a bordure from the State of New York Seal Proper.
From a wreath Argent and Azure between two sugar maple branches Proper, seven piles radiating from base Or surmounted by the mountains and lake adapted from the State of New York Coat of Arms Proper.
A scroll Azure doubled and inscribed with "NEVER FORGET" Argent.
A Navy CPO saber and Marine NCO sword Saltirewise points down Proper.
The coat of arms as blazoned in full color upon a white oval enclosed by a blue collar edged on the outside with a gold chain and bearing the inscription "USS NEW YORK" at top and "LPD 21" in base all gold.
SHIELDDark blue and gold, the colors traditionally associated with the Navy, represent the sea and excellence. The red is for sacrifice and valor and the white recalls purity of purpose. The gray chevron and two vertical bars represent the bow of LPD 21 and the Twin Towers, respectively. They are conjoined to emphasize the using of 24 tons of steel from the ruins of the World Trade Center to construct the bow of the USS New York. The phoenix rising personifies the hope and determination of this Nation to rebuild and regroup to fight terrorism. The shield on the phoenix's breast honors the New York City Fire department, New York City Police Department and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Red is for the Fire Department, the dark blue is the traditional blue for the Police Department and the Celeste is taken from the patch of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Celeste also alludes to coastal waters and the port of New York. The red drops represent blood shed and the ultimate sacrifice made by the men and women of 9/11. The stars commemorate the three battle stars the USS New York battleship earned in World War II. The border of the shield is adapted from the State of New York Seal.
The mountains, lake and sun rays highlight the State of New York and are adapted from the State Seal and highlight beauty and the heritage of the State. The seven rays represent the number of rays on Statue of Liberty's Crown. They symbolize the seven seas and continents of the world and also suggest a direct connection to the littoral missions of the USS New York anywhere in the world, past and present. The sugar maple is the state tree of New York.
The crossed Naval CPO cutlass and Marine Corps NCO sword symbolize the teamwork of the Navy-Marine war fighting team of the amphibious assault warship, USS New York. The enlisted swords further highlight the enlisted Marines and sailors as being the back bone of our Armed Forces.