Navy Banner

USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT


 

 SHIP'S SEAL 

 

The conceptual design of USS Theodore Roosevelt's seal was created by Wesley Berryman of Newport News, Va., the city where the ship was constructed. Modifications to the basic design were made by members of the ship's crew. Salient aspects of the Seal are as follows:

  • The profile of Theodore Roosevelt was taken from a photograph of him addressing the citizens of Asheville, NC, during his presidency. It was selected for his tenacious and determined look; a look that indicates a willingness to use force if required.

  • Newport News Shipbuilding designed the TR "bow script" specifically to adorn hull number 624D during the launching ceremony, a tradition in the shipyard. The seal was officially approved by E.J. Campbell, President and Chief Executive Officer, Newport News Shipbuilding. PCU THEODORE ROOSEVELT later requested to use the script in the ship's official logo and was granted permission by Newport News Shipbuilding.

  • "Qui Plantavit Curabit" is the Theodore Roosevelt family motto, which translates to, "He who has planted will preserve." Simply stated, the mission of the ship is to be prepared to preserve the peace of our great country, no matter what the cost.

  • A light gray blue ("Alice Blue") fills the Seal's background. The color honors Mrs. Alice Lee Roosevelt Longworth, who was Theodore Roosevelt's eldest daughter. When she was young, Mrs. Longworth was particularly fond of light blue gowns and dresses. She and her flair for this color were the inspiration for the song, "My Sweet Alice Blue Gown" which was featured in the popular 1919 musical production, "Irene".

  • In Dutch, the name Roosevelt means "field of roses." The two roses in the name ring of the Seal were taken from a field of roses represented on the Roosevelt family coat of arms.

  • ┬áThe mooring line, or rope, in the outer ring has 58 strands, which reflects the year Theodore Roosevelt was born--1858.

  • The Seal, after selection by the ship's crew, was submitted to Mrs. John F. Lehman, Jr., the Ship's Sponsor, and to Mrs. William McMillian, the Matron of Honor and first grandchild of Theodore Roosevelt, for their approval. In Feb. 1985, they graciously approved the design.