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Crest Symbolism
Welcome to the littoral combat ship USS St. Louis (LCS 19) official website.



The iconic “3 Rivers” flag, designed by Professor Theodore Sizer and adopted by the City of St. Louis in 1964, symbolizes the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. At the juncture of confluence, a golden coin represents the Louisiana Purchase and the fleur-de-lis denotes the French heritage of the City.


The Freedom-class USS St. Louis and its ensign are displayed at the highest point, denoting the patriotism of the crew. The ship appears atop a wreath that reflects the first-named metal and color from the shield and blazon, Argent (white) and Gules (red).


At 630 feet, the Gateway Arch is the world’s tallest arch and the globally recognized symbol of the City of St. Louis. The monument, and the Freedom-class designation of the LCS 19, inspired the crew’s motto: “Gateway to Freedom.” Eleven gold stars represent the 11 battle stars earned by the famous USS St. Louis (CL 49), the fifth of seven ships to bear the USS St. Louis name.


The “Gateway to Freedom” motto is inscribed below two interlaced horseshoes that contain four leaf clovers – another nod to the CL 49, nicknamed “Lucky Lou” for her engagements during World War II.


The coat of arms is blazoned in full color on a white oblong disc within a dark blue band, edged with a gold, roped border. It bears the name USS St. Louis at the top and LCS 19 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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