Coat of Arms, USS New York LPD-21

October 29th, 2008

Filed under: Media,News — admin @ 6:55 pm


(LPD 21)


USS New York (LPD 21) Coat of Arms



SHIELD:  Per chevron enhanced Azure and Argent, overall two pallets couped and a chevronelle conjoined Metal Gris, issuing from base between three mullets chevronwise of the first, a phoenix rising Or from flames Gules charged on the breast with a escutcheon of the second charged with two gouttes de sang in chief between three pallets, of the first, of the fifth and Celeste; a bordure from the State of New York Seal Proper.


CREST:  From a wreath Argent and Azure between two sugar maple branches Proper, seven piles radiating from base Or surmounted by the mountains and lake adapted from the State of New York Coat of Arms Proper.


MOTTO:  A scroll Azure doubled and inscribed with “NEVER FORGET” Argent.


SUPPORTERS:  A Navy CPO saber and Marine NCO sword Saltirewise points down Proper.






The coat of arms as blazoned in full color upon a white oval enclosed by a blue collar edged on the outside with a gold chain and bearing the inscription “USS NEW YORK” at top and “LPD 21” in base all gold.





SHIELD:  Dark blue and gold, the colors traditionally associated with the Navy, represent the sea and excellence. The red is for sacrifice and valor and the white recalls purity of purpose. The gray chevron and two vertical bars represent the bow of LPD 21 and the Twin Towers, respectively. They are conjoined to emphasize the using of 24 tons of steel from the ruins of the World Trade Center to construct the bow of the USS New York. The phoenix rising personifies the hope and determination of this Nation to rebuild and regroup to fight terrorism. The shield on the phoenix’s breast honors the New York City Fire department, New York City Police Department and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.  Red is for the Fire Department, the dark blue is the traditional blue for the Police Department and the Celeste is taken from the patch of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Celeste also alludes to coastal waters and the port of New York. The red drops represent blood shed and the ultimate sacrifice made by the men and women of 9/11. The stars commemorate the three battle stars the USS New York battleship earned in World War II. The border of the shield is adapted from the State of New York Seal.


CREST:  The mountains, lake and sun rays highlight the State of New York and are adapted from the State Seal and highlight beauty and the heritage of the State. The seven rays represent the number of rays on Statue of Liberty’s Crown. They symbolize the seven seas and continents of the world and also suggest a direct connection to the littoral missions of the USS New York anywhere in the world, past and present. The sugar maple is the state tree of New York.


SUPPORTERS:  The crossed naval and marine swords symbolize the teamwork of the Navy-Marine war fighting team of the amphibious assault warship, USS New York. The enlisted swords further highlight the enlisted soldiers and sailors as being the back bone of our Armed Forces.

 Link to Office of Hearaldry


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October 11th, 2008

Filed under: Media — admin @ 3:54 pm

232 years ago on October 11th 1776, New York fought in the first naval engagement of the fledging US Navy

On one side you had the British Empire led by Sir Guy Carleton with 30 major ships and 1670 trained seamen trying to cut the colonies in half and hopefully ending the independence movement. On the other side you have Benedict Arnold with 800 motley crew manning 16 ships, some built just days ago. Their job is to stop the British by whatever means possible to buy time. Arnold had his ships anchor on the east side of Valcour Island knowing that the British,  after rounding the island would have the winds in their faces as they tried to engage  the American ships. The battle started in earnest at 11 am, the Americans suffered greatly throughout the day with the Royal Savage run aground and abandoned, the Philadelphia holed and sunk and Congress, Washington, Jersey and New York badly damaged. The Americans had suffered 60 casualties including New York’s first victim who was killed when a cannon exploded onboard. The British set the Royal Savage on fire and she burned into the evening. At dusk Arnold held a war council with his remaining commanders onboard Congress and it was agreed to make a run for it under the cover of darkness and make way for Crown Point. At daybreak the British discovered to their horror that the Americans had escaped and they set off in pursuit. A running gun battle ensued and one by one the battered fleet was overtaken by the British until only the Congress and four gunboats remained. Arnold realized that reaching Crown Point by water was no longer an option so he grounded what was left of his squadron in Ferris Bay and burned them to prevent their capture.



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The future USS New York LPD-21 under construction at Northrop Grumman Ship Systems’ shipyard in Avondale, LA, will be the fifth amphibious transport dock of the San Antonio class. The ship was named New York after the state and incorporates in its construction steel salvaged from the World Trade Centers. Her ship motto is "Never Forget." "We're very proud that the twisted steel from the WTC towers will soon be used to forge an even stronger national defense," New York Gov. George Pataki spoke in 2002. "The USS New York will soon be defending freedom and combating terrorism around the globe, while also ensuring that the world never forgets the evil attacks of Sept. 11 and the courage and strength New Yorkers showed.” This will be the seventh U.S. ship named New York.

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