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SHIELD: Azure, a sinister arm in armour couped embowed resting on the elbow Proper, winged Argent, and in the hand a sword also Proper, all within a bordure Grebe charged with three mullets of the last.

CREST: Issuant from a wreath of the colors Argent and Azure, an inverted mullet in the shape of the Navy Medal of Honor Purpure, surmounted thereon two lightning flashes in chevron above the Roman numeral three, and in base a flintlock pistol from the Naval Special Warfare Insignia fesswise, all Or.

SUPPORTERS: On the dexter side, a cluster of laurel leaves and on the sinister side, a cluster of oak leaves all Proper.

MOTTO: On a tripartite scroll Azure, doubled Purpure, the inscription: “I WILL DEFEND” in Gold letters.


SHIELD: The colors dark blue and white are associated with the United States Navy. The prominently reinforced shield is symbolic of the multiple valorous acts Petty Officer Michael Monsoor performed to defend his teammates while deployed to Iraq; the three mullets (stars) represent the Navy SEALS saved by his actions on 29 September 2006. The winged arm is a heraldic representation of St. Michael, the Archangel, who is often depicted with a sword and a shield and after whom Michael Monsoor was named.

CREST: The lightning flashes represent the ship’s unique propulsion. These flashes form a chevron resembling the wave piercing bow, which is another unique feature of the Zumwalt class and also represents boldness in leadership. The large, inverted star is in the shape of the Navy Medal of Honor, and the purple coloring--the traditional color of valor and sacrifice--is inspired by the Purple Heart. The flintlock pistol from the Naval Special Warfare Insignia represents the ship’s Advanced Gun System, while the Roman numeral “III” alludes to Petty Officer Monsoor’s assignment to SEAL Team Three.

SUPPORTERS: The laurel and oak leaves are from the Navy Medal of Honor. The laurel leaves represent victory, and the cluster of oak leaves symbolize strength.

SEAL: The coat of arms as blazoned in full color on a white oblong disc within a dark blue designation band, edged with a gold roped border and bearing the name “USS MICHAEL MONSOOR” at the top and “DDG 1001” at the base.

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USS Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001)

San Diego, CA

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