Dark blue and gold, the colors traditionally associated with the Navy, represent the sea and excellence. The sunburst represents both the crown atop the Statue of Liberty and the seven seas. The mountains and lakes surrounded by the maple leaves represent the natural beauty of the State of New York
The crossed swords represent the US Navy and Marine Corps. They gray chevron and two vertical bars represent the bow of LPD 21 and The Twin Towers respectively. They are conjoined to emphasize the use of 24 tons of steel recovered from the World Trade Center, to construct the 7.5 ton bow stem of the USS New York. The phoenix rising personifies the hope and determination of tis nation to rebuild and regroup to fight terrorism. The shield on the phoenix's breast honors the New York City Fire Department, New York City Police Department and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
The vertical red stripe is for the Fire Department, the dark blue stripe is the traditional blue for the Police Department and the light blue stripe is for the Port Authority Police Department. The celeste is taken from the patch of the Celeste is taken fromt he patch of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The Celeste also alludes to costal waters and the port of New York. The red drops represent blood shed and the ultimate sacrifice made by the men and women of 9/11.
The stars commemorate the three battle stars the USS New York battleship earned during World War II (at Iwo Jima, Okinawa and North Africa).
The border of the shield is adapted from the New York State Seal.