USNS Carl Brashear (T-AKE 7)
Coat Of Arms
Azure (Dark Blue), on a fess enhanced Gules (Scarlet Red),edged Argent (Silver Gray), three triangular gads Argent , in base a sea lion Or (Old Gold), eyed, langued and clawed of the second, the caudal fin coupe-parted, holding an anchor of the last and between the anchor’s ring two mullets Argent, all within a bordure Or.
A diver helm (Mark V) Or, charged with an inescutcheon, per pale Azure and Gules, a pale Or.
Behind the shield two tridents in saltire Azure.
A scroll Or and doubled Azure inscribed "AUDENTES FORTUNA IUVAT"
(translates to "FORTUNE FAVORS THE BOLD") of the last.
The coat of arms as blazoned in full color on a white field enclosed by a blue oval border edged on the outside with gold rope and bearing the name "USNS CARL BRASHEAR"
at top and "T-AKE 7"
in base all in gold.
Dark blue and gold are the colors traditionally associated with the Navy. Red denotes fearlessness. The red fess is higher to signify the determination of Master Chief Boatswain’s Mate Brashear to triumph over racial prejudice and become the first African-American deep-sea diver and the first certified and recertified amputee in the U. S. Navy. The triangular gads, heraldic symbols for steel, suggest the prow of a ship, denoting the three major vessels that BMCM (MDV) Brashear served as a diver, early in his career--USS TRIPOLI, USS OPPORTUNE and the USS HOIST. The sea lion with the separated caudal fin represents his death-defying courage to continue naval service as a diver, confronting all obstacles after losing his left leg during the mission to retrieve hydrogen bombs off the coast of Palomares, Italy. The anchor symbolizes his persistence, finally in 1970, becoming the first African-American Master Diver. The stars above the anchor reflect a modification of grade achieved during his Navy career. The gold border honors Master Chief Brashear’s accomplishments.
The diver’s Mark V helmet bearing the shield memorializes Master Chief Brashear's distinguished naval diving profession and acknowledges his struggles to become a diver and remain in the vocation. He was awarded the Navy-Marine Corps Medal for heroism during the Palomares incident, illustrated by the colors of the shield.
The tridents symbolize sea prowess, emphasizing the T-AKE 7 mission to transport supplies and dry cargo.