USCGC Healy (WAGB 20)
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Coat of Arms



Gules, a trident superimposed by a scales Or; to sinister chief an open book Proper; a canton Vair. CREST: From a wreath Or and Gules an Alaskan Indian copper charged with the totem head of "Eagle", surmounted by a native harpoon and an officer's sword saltirewise Proper.


A dark blue scroll doubled Argent garnished dark blue inscribed "FROM THE ARCTIC, KNOWLEDGE" in gold letters.


A disc Celeste edged with polar landmasses North of the 65th parallel Argent.


The coat of arms as blazoned in full color on a supporting (see above) white and Celeste blue disc enclosed by a dark blue border edged on the outside with a gold rope and inscribed "USCGC HEALY" above and " WAGB 20" below in gold.



The trident symbolizes authority, of both the Coast Guard presence today and during Captain Healy's period of service during which he represented United States' interests in Alaskan territory. The scales signify scientific endeavor and recall Captain Healy's role as administrator of justice north of Sitka where his command was the only force for law and order. The open book denotes scientific inquiry and again recalls the rule of law of which Captain Healy was the only enforcer in these regions. The canton of Vair, representing skins of fur, recalls Captain Healy's significant involvement in that commerce, his concern for Alaskan native interests threatened by uncontrolled seal and walrus hunting and his efforts to prevent exploitation of resources, still an essential element of the Coast Guard mission. The colors, silver and blue, signify Alaskan waters and with scarlet, the colors displayed on modern cutters. Scarlet denotes courage and sacrifice; gold signifies excellence.


The copper, a traditional Northwest artifact of great significance and worth, represents the high regard and respect accorded Captain Healy from his time to the present. The totem head of "Eagle" symbolizes the United States and its interests during the period when the captain was the only representative of that authority and recalls the rich native heritage of the Northwest, which he sought to protect. The harpoon and sword denote readiness and signify Coast Guard intent to enforce United States maritime law and defend national interests in her waters.


The white disc garnished with polar land-masses all enclosed by the designation scroll is a representation of the Arctic regions familiar to Captain Healy, and a theater of mission operations of his command and of the new cutter WAGB 20.

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