COAT OF ARMS
Dark blue and gold are the colors traditionally associated with the Navy. Gold is emblematic of excellence and red denotes valor and sacrifice. The red wedge and the trident symbolize DDG 59's modern warfare capabilities: Aegis and Vertical Launch Systems. The three tines represent submarine, surface and air warfare. The wedge superimposed on the wave alludes to General Russell's leadership and vision in the development of the Fleet Marine Force and amphibious doctrine. The two gauntlets symbolize the two RUSSELLs and highlight teamwork and cooperation. The wavy divisions of the shield represent a river and underscore Rear Admiral Russell's service in coastal and river campaigns during the Mexican War and Civil War. The sun and light blue reflect the tropical climate of the Gulf Coast and Caribbean, referring to both Russell's service in the Gulf of Mexico and General Russell's extended service in Haiti. The sun and light blue also highlight the south and west Pacific service of the first USS RUSSELL (DD 414) in World War II.
The sixteen-sided shield and star commemorate the first USS RUSSELL's sixteen battle stars earned during World War II. The gold star also denotes command and authority. The stylized Oriental dragon symbolizes strength, vigilance and service in the Orient and Pacific.
The crossed naval officer sword and Mameluke signify the special relationship between the Navy and Marine Corps in projecting power from the sea. The unique character of naval service is embodied in the Russell family where two distinguished Officers, father and son, served their respective services and their country with honor on land and sea.
"STRENGTH IN FREEDOM." The real strength of our country is that, for over 200 years, Americans have fought and died for the ideals of freedom and democracy. Hence, "Strength in Freedom."
COMMISSIONED: 20 MAY 1995
LOCATION: Pascagoula, MS