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Welcome to the destroyer USS Delbert D. Black (DDG 119) official website.

Crest Symbolism



SHIELD:  Azure (Dark Blue), upon three wavy bars Argent an anchor Or surmounted at the shank by two cannons saltirewise Argent (Silver Gray) muzzles upward, above the stock and ring three mullets chevronwise of the last.

CREST:  From a wreath Argent and Azure (Dark Blue), in front of a wreath of laurel and olive Vert an American bald eagle with wings inverted Proper bearing on his chest a representation of the Navy Distinguished Service medal suspension.

MOTTO:  A scroll Azure (Dark Blue), inscribed “ANCHORED IN ARMS” and flanking on either end of the scroll are the hull numbers “BB-37” and “BB-46.”

SUPPORTERS:  Behind the shield, two U.S. Navy enlisted cutlasses saltirewise, points downwards, Proper.


SHIELD:  The colors dark blue and gold are the traditional colors associated with the United States Navy. Crossed cannons were the initial rating insignia of Delbert D. Black and, also, symbolize his promotion to Master Chief Gunner’s Mate. This position would evolve into Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON), represented by the anchor and stars of the MCPON badge. Three white wavy bars denote the functions of his position: to counsel the highest ranks of the Navy on issues associated with enlisted guidance, leadership and policy.

CREST:  The eagle is displayed as seen on the obverse of the Navy Distinguished Service Medal and bears on its chest the suspension of the medal, honoring Master Chief Black for his dedication, outstanding performance and contributions to the U.S. Navy. 

SUPPORTERS:  The crossed Navy enlisted cutlasses symbolize MCPON Black’s career and his position as the highest rated enlisted man in the Navy.

MOTTO:  The hull numbers “BB-37” (USS OKLAHOMA) and “BB-46” (USS MARYLAND)represent Delbert Black’s home state and the ship he served on during the attack on Pearl Harbor, respectively. “ANCHORED IN ARMS” inscribed in part on the Headstone of Delbert D. Black. “ANCHORED IN THE ARMS OF GOD” is inscribed on the headstone in full.

SEAL:  The coat of arms as blazoned in full color on an oval field within a dark blue designation band, edged with a gold chain and bearing the name “USS DELBERT D. BLACK” at the top and “DDG 119” at the base.  |  |  Navy FOIA  |  DoD Accessibility/Section 508  |  No Fear Act   |  Open Government  |  Plain Writing Act  |  Veterans Crisis Line  |  VA Vet Center  |  FVAP  |  DoD Safe Helpline  |  Navy SAPR  |  NCIS Tips  |  Privacy Policy  |  Site Map  |  Contact Us   |  988 Helpline
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