Cruiser USS Leyte Gulf
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CRUISER USS LEYTE GULF
The Anchors and Sword represnet naval sea power. Thier position alludes to the classic naval battle maneuver called crossing the T last used in the Battle of the Leyte Gulf. The Three stars indicates the three compnent Battles of Leyte Gulf - Surigao Straits, Samar and Cape Engano. The Wings with trailing flames represent the Kamikazes the first appeard at the Battle of Leyte Gulf. The Crossed Guns symbolises the Battleships which at the Battle of Leyte Gulf, culminated centuries of naval tradition in the last sea battle of great ships-of-the-line. The World War II Imperial Naval Ensign descending into the sea represents the Battle of Leyte Gulf, during which the U.S. Navy destroyed the Japanese Navy as a cohesive fighting force.