Royal Ordnance plc

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Coat of arms (crest) of Royal Ordnance plc

Official blazon



The arms were officially granted on July 28, 1990.

A roundel, fractured in saltire with explosive flames emitting therefrom forms the basic charge, crowned with an ancient Crown to denote 'Royal' Ordnance and one with a long and historic pedigree. Azure and Or have been chosen as basic military colours and counterchanged per pale.

The Crest comprises Lions, for a British company, back to back brandishing swords and rising from a Mural Crown, all Or. All three ideas signifying 'defence', a further concern of Royal Ordnance. The helm depicted is based upon the celebrated Brocas Helm in the Royal Armouries in the White Tower of the Tower of London.

The dexter supporter is a Dragon and recalls the fact that Royal Ordnance can trace its origins back to the Royal Ordnance Gunpowder Factory at Waltham Abbey which was in existence in 1560 during the Tudor period and so a red Dragon to recall the dynasty of that era - the Tudors used a red Dragon frequently as one of the supporters to the Royal Arms. Further, a Dragon is a singularly offensive beast and so symbolises one of the characteristics with which Royal Ordnance is concerned.

The sinister supporter, a male Griffin, Gules, looks over its shoulder and so is ever on the alert and holds a flaming arrow, symbolic of projectiles of many and varied kinds which are produced by Royal Ordnance. The supporters stand upon a compartment comprising, from left to right, snow, grass and sand, symbolic of the various areas within which the products of the Company are made to function.

The Motto is "Steadfast in Defence"

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