Our Coat of Arms:
Heraldic symbols can be traced to the Middle Ages when feudal warriors designed coats of arms and other insignia for identification. The United States military first used heraldic symbols during the Revolutionary War, and they have been a part of our proud tradition ever since. With the launching of each naval vessel, a coat of arms is created whose symbolism reflects the ship's heritage. The symbols in MOBILE BAY's coat of arms are described below:
The shield, located in the center of the crest, contains a ship's wheel and crossed cutlass and sword. The wheel represents naval leadership on the oceans of the world. The modern ship, crossed swords, and cutlass signify professional expertise and the spirit of the Surface Warfare community from which the ship's officers and crew are drawn. A naval cannon, typical of armaments used in the Battle of Mobile Bay, supports the shield and symbolizes ancient and modern weaponry.
The Battle of Mobile Bay is recalled by the silhouettes of the steam sloop USS HARTFORD and CSS TENNESSEE. The former was the flagship of Admiral David Farrugut's Federal Fleet and the later a ram of the Confederate Navy. The four stars reflect Admiral Farragut's commission as the Navy's first four-star admiral.
A continuous anchor chain signifies a unity of purpose and teamwork; the elongated octagonal band suggests the unique, primary radar associated with the AEGIS system.
The ship's motto, "FULL SPEED AHEAD," is based on Admiral Farrugut's famous command issued during the battle and typifies the Admiral's key to success in war -- straight thinking and determined action.
The mission of the USS Mobile Bay (CG53) is to operate as part of Carrier Strike Groups (CSGs), Expeditionary Strike Groups (ESGs) or surface action groups in extreme threat environments.
The purpose of the ship is to detect, classify and track hundreds of potential targets simultaneously in the air, on the surface, and under the sea. It can destroy targets using a variety of weapons: ship and helicopter launched torpedoes, deck guns, surface-to-air and surface-to-surface missiles, rapid-fire close-in weapons, and electronic jammers and decoys.
Mobile, AL; 21 FEB 1987