Coat of Arms
USS GETTYSBURG (CG 64) SYMBOLISM SHIELD: Dark blue and gold are the traditional Navy colors. The shield, divided dark blue and gray, refers to the colors of the Union and Confederate Armies and a country split by war. White expresses peace and optimism and red is a reminder of the immeasurable valor and blood shed at the epic battle of Gettysburg.
The three pheons represent the number of days of this intense battle and allude to the Union and Confederate assault lines. The pheons point up portraying USS GETTYSBURG's vertical launch capabilities. Their number also reflects three major Aegis cruiser missions, anti-air, anti-surface, and antisubmarine warfare.
The arch represents Seminary Ridge, Culp's Hill and Little Roundtop, critical positions on the Gettysburg battlefield.
The anchor symbolizes sea prowess and the ties with the ship's Maine birthplace; the two stars represent the two previous ships named "USS GETTYSBURG."
CREST: At the dedication of the National Cemetery of the Gettysburg battle ground, President Lincoln delivered his immortal Gettysburg Address. The scroll with a drop of blood honors those famous words, especially ". . .that these dead shall not have died in vain."
Our National bird, the bald eagle, appropriately represents President Lincoln and the Union he strove to preserve. The eagle also represents the Union's victory and Gettysburg, the turning point in the Civil War, which ultimately forged a stronger nation.
The inverted wreath honors all who died, Union and Confederate alike. Muskets were in general use during the Civil war and highlight the hand to hand combat as both sides exploded in a tremendous clash of musketry.
MOTTO: "Deeds not words" reflects the willingness of those who fought at Gettysburg and those who serve in the ship to translate strength of conviction into decisive action.