USCG Stratton (WMSL 752)
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Coat of Arms


Description/Blazon

SHIELD

Per chevron Azure and Argent, two chevronels of the second, between a stylized United States Coast Guard officer button and a United States Navy officer button Proper; in base a mascle Gules, surmounted by a compass rose Or.


CREST

From a wreath Argent and Azure, two anchors in saltire Or, the top of the anchors resting on a riband Crimson, edged of the first, overall and perched upon the anchor's flukes, an American eagle's wings displayed horizontally bearing on its breast the shield of the United States Proper.


MOTTO

A scroll Azure edged Or, inscribed "ALWAYS READY" Or.


SUPPORTERS

On either side of the shield, two Hawthorn branches Proper.


SEAL

The coat of arms as blazoned in full color on a white disc encircled by a Cobalt Blue designation band, edged with a Gold rope and bearing the name "USCGC STRATTON" at top and "WMSL 752" at base,

Symbolism

SHIELD

The chevronels and the lower portion of the shield simulate the prow of a ship, referring to the third of the Legend Class cutters. The Navy officer's button alludes to Captain Dorothy Stratton's position as a lieutenant in the Navy's Women Appointed Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES) before being transferred to the Coast Guard and becoming the first woman in history to serve as a Coast Guard commissioned officer. Red embodies devotion to duty. The mascle/lozenge, a heraldic symbol for female domain displayed in the lower section of the shield, signifies the third Legend Class cutter and the first named in honor of a female, Captain Stratton. The compass rose conveys direction and the ship's wide scope of capabilities at sea; emplaced upon the mascle, it depicts Captain Stratton's brilliant organizational and administrative proficiency in the service of her country.


CREST

The crossed anchors, adapted from the Coast Guard insignia, allude to Captain Stratton's achievement as the first Director of the United States Coast Guard Women Reserve, creating the name of the organization, "SPAR," from Semper Paratus meaning "Always Ready," which is conveyed in the ship's motto. The crimson riband/ribbon is emblematic of the Legion of Merit (Degree of Commander), awarded for her outstanding military service and achievements. The eagle represents Captain Stratton's highest rank obtained and her duty in various national organizations following her exemplary military career.


SUPPORTERS

The two Hawthorn branches, State flower of Captain Stratton's Missouri birthplace, symbolize consistency.





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