Red, white, and blue are the United States’ national colors. The field of bars, adapted from the Barry coat of arms, refers to Capt. John Barry, for whom the ship was named. The stars recall the four battle stars awarded to the second Barry (DD-248/APD-29) in World War II and represent all four ships to bear the name Barry. The wavy pile represents the Navy in which Capt. Barry held his commission. The lion symbolizes courage and strength. Gold stands for excellence; red and white for courage and integrity.
The frigate United States symbolizes the unbroken tradition of patriotism, valor, fidelity, and ability from the Navy’s beginning, and represents America’s maritime supremacy. It also honors the heritage of the three previous ships to bear the name Barry. The stars and bars together symbolize the United States and refer further to Capt. John Barry’s ship of that name.
“Strength” is derived from the formidable power which Barry (DDG-52) takes to sea, while “Diversity” refers to the ship’s multi-mission capabilities. The motto also represents the strength that the United States derives from its cultural diversity, as evidenced by the contribution of Capt. Barry, an Irish immigrant, to the founding of the nation.