CREST - The Scarlet and Gold colors throughout the shield are the traditional colors of the United States Marine Corps. The center blue stripe in the shield represents the United States Navy, and together, they symbolize the defensive strength of the Navy/Marine Corps team. The anchor alludes to the first amphibious operation conducted by American fighting men, led by then-Captain Samuel Nicholas. The drum with the rattlesnake, a well known symbol used during the Revolutionary War, represents Nicholas' effort in recruiting and training Marines for duty in the Continental Navy. The bayonets represent the participation of the Marines with General George Washington at the Second Battle of Trenton and the Battle of Princeton. Three gold oak leaves symbolize Major Nicholas' steadfastness and courage, and also allude to his rank. The number three is significant for FFG 47 as the third United States warship to bear the name NICHOLAS.
Motto - "Carrying On A Proud Tradition" is enscribed surrounding the shield reminding NICHOLAS to continue to serve with distinction as her forebearers did.