With proud distinction Naval vessels showcase individual emblems. The USS Paul Ignatius continued this fine tradition with the ship’s seal, created with diligence by its crew. Each element of the seal carries purpose and history.
Inspired by the Department of the Navy seal, the outer edge is lined in gold rope with an azure blue background and gold writing that inscribes USS PAUL IGNATIUS and DDG 117. Traditionally, the color blue in maritime history has represented water while gold exemplifies valor, integral components in a sailor’s life.
Underneath the ship’s namesake poses a bald eagle. Representing America’s national bird, it alludes to Paul Ignatius’ proud heritage of selfless service. Waving, relentless and proud are the National Ensign and the Secretary of the Navy Flag, both of which represent Paul Ignatius’ time dedicated to the United States as Secretary of the Navy.
Emblazoned at the top of the shield is the sun, signifying power and life. This is influenced from the seal of Ignatius’ Alma Mater, the University of Southern California. Moving down the shield, three argent estoiles (white stars) represent the three years Ignatius served as Secretary of the Navy from 1967-1969. The estoiles frame the image of an argent destroyer centered at the tip of a chevron, presenting that the DDG 117 is and will continue to be the backbone of America’s great Navy.
The crossed enlisted and officer’s swords point downwards, enforcing the strength of the shield just as the bonds between the two ranks strengthen America’s Navy. Surrounding the bottom of the shield is a tripartite scroll. During World War II Ignatius served aboard the USS MANILA BAY in Northern Japan with Admiral Frank Jack Fletcher, who received the surrender from the Northern Japanese forces, the inscription ‘ALWAYS READY’ is taken from the ship’s motto. The phrase ‘FIGHT ON’ is taken from USC’s fight song.