USCGC Petrel (WPB-87350)

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USCGC PETREL (WPB-87350)

Coat of arms (crest) of the USCGC Petrel (WPB-87350)

Official blazon

Shield: Celeste, a demi-sphere issuing from chief Azure (Dark blue), the chief embattled of four merlons, each charged with an international visual call sign Proper, in the sequence from dexter November-Alpha-Yankee-Uniform; a demi-trident issuing from base Or. the shaft enfiled by a life-ring Proper.
Crest: On a wreath Or and Celeste an antique compass rose as prepared by cartographer Reinel Celeste, Azure and Gules charged with a bezant edged of the last, thereon a a petrel in flight silhouette Azure, all surmounted in base by a representation of the Coast Guard Cutterman badge Argent.
Supporters: Behind the shield, two Coast Guard cutlasses saltirewise points to base, handguards and grips Or.
Motto: On a tripartie Gold scroll doubled Azure intertwining the blade tips of supporting sword the motto "DEFEND PROTECT SAVE" in Azure letters.

Seal: The coat of arms as described above upon a white disc within a dark blue designation band enclosed by a brodure of gold rope and inscribed at top "USCGC PETREL" and in base "WPB 87350" in gold letters.

Origin/meaning

Celeste Blue and Azure represent teh coastal and ocean waters where Petrel operates. The Trident signifies authority at sea and protection of United States' coastlines with regard to law enforcement and environmental concerns. The Azure demi-sphere represents golbal ocean capability and service. The life-ring symbolises the cutter's safety and live-saving missions. The crenelation represents national defence and bears the Petrel's identifying visual call signs in sequence. The vast scope of the Petrel's ocean life is represented by the compass rose, which refers also to the range of the missions undertaken by her. The Coast Guard Cutterman pin symbolises the Crew. The gold of the bezant symbolises achievement, the enclosing scarlet annulet signifies unity and courage. The namesake of WPB 87350 is shown soaring in flight, symbolising endurance, purpose and widely-ranging activity.


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Literature: image from The Institute of Heraldry, US Army.