Skip to comments.USS North Dakota crest launched
Posted on 08/24/2012 6:33:35 PM PDT by moonshot925
The USS North Dakota now has an official crest.
The final design for the new nuclear attack submarine was unveiled Friday at the Great Hall of the State Capital building.
Lt. Governor Drew Wrigley and former district court judge Bob Wefald, chairman of the USS North Dakota committee, did the honors.
The design, which was chosen from more than 100 submissions narrowed to five finalists, incorporates numerous elements with dual meanings, symbolic of North Dakotas diverse heritage.
The basic design of the crest is that of an arrowhead. Along either side are stalks of wheat bordered by two mottos: Strength from the soil, from the state motto, and Reapers of the Deep, the boats motto.
On the top of the design beneath the boats name, an evening sky shows the constellation Orion, the hunter, above a silhouette of the states first naval namesake, a battleship, asail along the horizon.
The dusky sky blends into a pair of horse heads on either side with the submarine emerging forward from a field of blue.
Beneath the boat are a pair of six-shooters, one gold to represent the 15 officers and one silver to represent the 120 sailors comprising the crew.
Wefald said the USS North Dakota is will be the first Virginia-class nuclear attack submarine with two separate tubes in its arsenal, each carrying six tomahawk cruise missiles.
A pair of crossed tomahawks split the boats hull number, SSN 784, on a banner across the bottom of the crest.
On the handles of the revolvers are the words Rough and Rider, representing the states ties to the 26th president, Theodore Roosevelt.
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As a citizen of North Dakota I accept the ship as my protector and pray to the lord Jesus that it is never used in anger or for political gain
What do the carp sitting on the barrels of the six-guns mean?
Those are Dolphins. This sub got screen doors?
The silver and gold dolphins form the front sights of the revolvers. They represent the officer and enlisted submarine warfare community
No to screen doors; yes to Mk 48 torpedoes and Tomahawk SLCM (submarine launched cruise missiles). Peace through superior firepower.
As a former North Dakotan, I find that statemet sort of funny even though I find the crest way cool.
What do they mean North Dakotas diverse heritage? Sioux and Mandan? Norwegian and German? Lutheran and Catholic? Male and female? Heterosexual and celibate? Prefers hunting and prefers fishing?
The state is about 96% paleface, 3% red man and 1% everybody else.
It is a lot of things, but I wouldn't call it diverse.
They represent Senators Dorgan and Conrad, bottom feeders, who suck the life out of everything they contact.
All of those things you mentioned help to make it diverse, not to mention the different personality types, economic engines and beliefs that make the state the success that it is.
“Those are Dolphins. This sub got screen doors?”
Of course! What else would keep out the mosquitoes?
Here is the symbol of the Submarine Service insignia (silver for enlisted,gold for officers)of the Silent Service:
And notice in the middle distance blue background the silhouette of the other kinds of ship on the ocean— a target.
For Freepers who don’t know, there are two kinds of ships— submarines and targets.
(They still look like Asian paintings of carp to me.)
That’s the old battleship, North Dakota, not a “target. But, I like the thinking.