SHIELD: Or, and anchor Proper charged below the stock with a propeller of the first, surmounted by two lightning flashes saltirewise Gules, overall an inverted mullet Argent; a bordure Azure.
CREST: From a wreath Or and Gules, a griffin passant, wings erect, holding in dexter claws a demi-trident, all of the first.
MOTTO: A scroll Azure edged and doubled Gules inscribed "FORTUNE FAVORS VALOR" Or.
SUPPORTERS: A United States Navy Officer's sword and cutlass saltirewise points down proper.
SEAL: A coat of arms as blazoned in full color upon a white oval enclosed by a blue collar edged of the outside with a fold rope in inscribed "USS ROSS" at the top and "DDG 71" at bottom in gold.
SHIELD: Gold and dark blue represent the Navy. The anchor stands for the anchorage at Pearl Harbor, attacked December 7, 1941, by Japanese aircraft, bringing the United States into World War II. The lightning flashes symbolize the unexpected assault and the resulting bloodshed. The ship's propeller represents Warrant Officer Ross and the badge of a Navy Machinist, a post he held a the time of the action. His heroism during the attack is recalled by the inverted silver star which stands for the Medal of Honor he won for valor on board the battleship USS NEVADA. The shape of the shield refers to the Aegis armament and capabilities of DDG 71. Gold stands for excellence, red for courage.
CREST: The griffin, noted for vigilance, intelligence and valor, reflects the versatility of ROSS' operating capabilities. It holds a trident denoting the range of ROSS' offensive equipment, and outstanding firepower. Gold stands for excellence.
SUPPORTERS: The crossed Navy Officer's sword and cutlass reflect Warrant Officer Ross' service as both enlisted and officer.