SAN DIEGO -- The future Independence-class littoral combat ship Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Jackson (LCS 6) revealed the official crest during a ceremony at Mariners' Park, Naval Base San Diego, Aug. 27.
Cmdr. Mike Davies, commanding officer of Jackson's Crew 212, hosted the event, with Capt. Randy Garner, commodore of LCS Squadron 1, serving as guest speaker.
Garner spoke of the unique opportunity Crew 212 was given by designing their own crest.
"This process can be quite intimidating because this crest will be a part of history," said Garner. "You will Google the USS Jackson and from here on out this crest will be part of the Internet, the history of the Navy, and this crew had the chance to create it."
As the first commanding officer of the ship Davies had the responsibility of coming up with a crest. He asked his command senior chief what he thought the ship's crest should look like, in which Command Senior Chief Anthony Blackledge response was, " well sir, let me talk to a few members of the crew and we'll give you something to consider."
"When my senior chief came up to us and said 'hey here's an idea, how about you guys come up with a crest,' I was blown away," said Information Systems Technician 1st Class David Chaney. "I never thought of the idea of the ship's crew coming up with the crest. Even if you were at the command for a couple of months, the leadership listened to our ideas and inputs about the ships crest. It was a very unique experience."
Crew 212 came up with a crest that symbolizes its mission of protecting the nation with strong historical ties to its namesake - Jackson. The name derives from former President Andrew Jackson and the city of Jackson, Miss.
"The thorough deliberation of the various ideas and inputs they collected and digested, helped underpin the important parts for the crest," said Davies. "In the end, they created an identity for USS Jackson and the many Sailors who will have the opportunity to serve her, that embodies all the characteristics and features that a ship's crest should represent. The crest is simply amazing and I could not be more proud of them."
Jackson is an Independence-variant of the LCS class. LCS is a fast, agile, focused-mission platform designed for operation in near-shore environments, yet capable of open-ocean operation.
Jackson is currently under construction in Mobile, Ala., by Austral USA. A keel laying ceremony was held October 2012, and the ship is expected to be commissioned in 2015.