About the Ship's Coat of Arms
VELLA GULF’s coat of arms links the officers and men of Divisions ABLE ONE and ABLE TWO who fought valiantly at the Battle of Vella Gulf, with the crew that sails in VELLA GULF today. The commissioning pennant recalls the previous ship of the same name, USS VELLA GULF (CVE 111). Dark blue and gold are colors traditionally associated with the Navy. The Battle of Vella Gulf occurred in an area known as "The Slot" in the Solomon Islands, represented by the flaunches in the middle of the shield. The wavy division at top refers to the sea. The six U.S. Navy destroyers involved in the battle are recalled by the six sections comprising the shield, while the four Japanese destroyers, the "Tokyo Express," who were defeated at Vella Gulf, are suggested by the red discs. Dark blue alludes to the darkness of the nighttime battle. Counter-changing the colors of the shield underscores unity of U.S. Navy components; the bald eagle characterizes the U.S. victory and naval strength, past and present. The crossed swords embody the synergism of officer-enlisted teams.
The trident symbolizes sea prowess and the modern weapons of the AEGIS combat system. The lightning flashes represent quick strike capabilities and allude to the advantage of radar, which was instrumental to victory in the Battle of Vella Gulf. Red symbolizes courage and firepower. The star commemorates the Battle Star awarded to the USS VELLA GULF (CVE-111) for her service in World War II.
The motto is adapted from a maxim of General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, CSA, which reads: "To move swiftly, strike vigorously, and secure all the fruits of victory, is the secret to successful warfare."