Fast Combat Support Ship USS Bridge (AOE-10)
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FAST COMBAT SUPPORT SHIP USS BRIDGE (AOE-10)
Shield: Azure, a trident issuant from base Or surmounted by a bridge embattled of one arch throughout Argent charged with a bomb of the first between two cornucopia respectant Proper, a bordure of the third bearing thirteen pellets.
Crest: From a wreath Or and Azure an American bald eagle Proper wings elevated and addorsed grasping in its talons a riband divided per fess of the second and Argent (gray).
Motto: A scroll Azure edged and inscribed "SERVICE WITH EXCELLENCE" Or.
Seal: The arms as blazoned in full color upon a white oval enclosed by a dark blue collar edged on the outside with a gold rope and bearing the name "USS BRIDGE" at the top and "AOE 10" in base all gold.
Dark blue and gold are the colors traditionally used by the Navy. The bridge, a canting reference to the ship's namesake, denotes USS BRIDGE's support to the total readiness of the Navy by the efficient and quick distribution of supplies. The bridge also symbolizes the span from the past to the future, a bridge connecting logistics to the nation’s fighting forces. The bomb represents ordnance, the black pellets represent oil; the cornucopias refer to stores or perishable cargo. The white border alludes to ice and the importance of refrigeration in the transporting of fresh stores. Horatio Bridge was the first man in the Navy to employ the idea of comprehensive fleet supply including the floating refrigeration concept. The trident signifies Navy strength and resolve and also underscores the fact that the first USS Bridge was the first ship to be built from the keel up as a storeship. She served with distinction during WWI and WWII. Crest: The eagle is adapted from the previous USS Bridge’s seal to show continuity and a proud heritage of service. The blue and gray ribbon reflects Civil War service and honors Commodore Bridge as Chief of the Bureau of Provisions and Clothing during that period.
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Literature: Image from Wikimedia Commons. Information from The Institute of Heraldry, US Army.