Cruiser USS Antietam
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CRUISER USS ANTIETAM
The Trident symbolises the Weapon systems of the Ship. The broken Chain symbolises the Emancipation Proclamation, the most positive outcome of the Civil War Battle of Antietam. The Red field symbolises the sacrifice and heroism of that Battle, the single bloodiest day of the Civil War. The two Stars symbolises the Aircraft Carrier USS Antietam (CVS-36) which earned two Battle Stars for the Korean War. The Serpent indicates the first Navy Jack, the New Sensor system of the Ship, the quick striking capabilities of the Ship, it also alludes to the Copperhead Snake found in Maryland site of the Civil War Battle. The Guns and Missile represent the continuity in ordnance. The gold laurel wreath is symbolic of Antietam's excellence in accomplishing its mission.