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USS Santa Barbara (LCS 32)



Shield.  Per bend sinister, to dexter tierced fesswise Argent, Gules, and Or, in chief a tower of the second windows of the first, to sinister Argent below a mullet Gules a demi- clouded sky above a demi-landmass Vert, in base three bars wavy Celeste bearing a frigate ship bow to sinister Sable detailed Argent, overall a lightning flash bendwise sinister throughout of the third; all within a diminished bordure Azure. 

Crest.  From a wreath of the colors Argent and Gules, a demi-sun of the second radiating eight lightning bolts bearing between a pair of mullets Or, an eagle of the like. 

Supporters.  Behind the shield a United States Navy Officer’s sword and Navy Chief Petty Officer’s cutlass in saltire Proper, points downward. 

Motto.  A scroll Or trimmed and lined Gules bearing the inscription “RESILIENT AND DETERMINED” of the second. 


Shield.  The tri-parted left side of the shield portrays the official flag of Santa Barbara, California which was adopted in 1923.  The tower recalls the city's Spanish origins in which Saint Barbara (patron namesake) was held prior to her execution.  The right side of the shield alludes to the California coast and depicts the open sea.  The ship illustrates the relation between sailors, ships and their operational responsibilities.  The red star denotes the State of California and is adapted from the state flag.  The yellow lightning flash conveys the agility and responsiveness of the command and crew. 

Crest.  The wreath adopts the first-named metal and color from the shield and blazon.  The American bald eagle upon a granite mound is a symbol of liberty, steadfastness, agility and the ability to strike at a moment’s notice, characterizing the highly maneuverable capabilities of the littoral combat ship USS SANTA BARBARA (LCS 32).  The two stars signify the two previous ships of the same namesake.  The first USS SANTA BARBARA (ID-4522) was a steel freighter built during 1916, serving from 1918 until 1919.  After World War I, she was returned to her owner and later renamed as the AMERICAN.  She was ultimately sunk off the coast of British Honduras by German submarine torpedoes on 11 June 1942.  The second USS SANTA BARBARA (AE-28) was a Kilauea-class ammunition ship, commissioned on 11 July 1970, and was redesignated T-AE-28 upon her transfer to the Military Sealift Command, Naval Fleet Auxiliary Force on 30 September 1998.  She was struck from the Naval Register on 3 August 2005.  The red sunburst emanating eight lightning bolts symbolizes seismic activity, floods, droughts, fires and foreign attacks to characterize overcoming these monumental setbacks. 

Supporters.  The crossed sword and cutlass symbolize the officers and enlisted crew that sail the ship, demonstrating teamwork and cooperation by the naval team of the USS SANTA BARBARA (LCS 32). 

Motto.  The ship’s motto, “RESILIENT AND DETERMINED,” pays homage to the City of Santa Barbara for its resilience and determination in the face of all challenges throughout its history and continues to flourish to this day. 

Seal.  The coat of arms as blazoned in full color on a white oval within a dark blue designation band, edged with a gold chain border and bearing the name “USS SANTA BARBARA” at the top and “LCS 32” at the base in gold letters. 

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USS Santa Barbara (LCS 32)

San Diego, CA


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