Crest 

SHIELD

Dark Blue and Gold Colors traditionally associated with the Navy, represent the sea and excellence.
Red Shield Symbolizes valor and the RADM’s wartime service
Two Silver Stars Honor the highest rank awarded to RADM Sampson, upon his retirement.
Five Gold Stars The ships commanded by RADM Sampson; Alert, Mayflower, Swatara, San Francisco and Iowa.
Three Lightning Flashes Denote the science and technology of USS Sampson, also highlights the former ships named Sampson.
Smaller Inner Shield Displaying the embattled portion on top and lion recalls the Spanish ensign of 1898, during the Spanish-American War.
Lion Represents the courage of RADM Sampson commanding the vessels that defeated the Spanish fleet.

CREST

The Demi-Doubled Bladed Battle Axe Suggests USS Sampson’s execution of military duties at sea.
Bronze Star Represents the battle star earned by the second vessel named for RADM Sampson, during World War II.
Laurel Wreath A symbol of honor and achievement, commemorates RADM Sampson’s distinguished naval career.
The Heraldic Roses Allude to the state flower of New York, the birthplace of RADM Sampson. The number of roses recall the various naval positions held by the RADM throughout his career, including Chief of the Bureau of Ordnance and Commandant of the Boston Navy Yard.

SEAL

The coat of arms as blazoned in full color on a white field enclosed by a blue oval border edged on the outside with gold rope and bearing the name 'USS SAMPSON’ at top and ‘DDG 102’ in base all in gold.
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