Fletcher (DD 992) - Naval Cruise Book

 - Class of 1992

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1- COAT or ARMS USS FLETCHER ron 9925- The Coat of Arms for USS FLETCHER commemorates highlights of the Naval career of the ship's namesake, Admiral Frank Jack Fletch- er. Blue and gold are the colors associated by tradition, with the U.S. Navy. The chess rook, heraldic symbol for a fortress, alludes to the Admiralis early combat experience at the Battle of Vera Cruz, for which he was awarded the Medal of Honor. The engrailed cross with its wave- like edges, taken from the Fletcher family coat of arms, suggest the oceans of the world which he sailed. With the four stars, reflecting the rank of full Admiral, the cross also refers to the Southern Cross, a navigational guide to mariners under which the Admiral's ships sailed during World War II. The arrows, adapted from the Fletcher coat of arms, are symbolic of the name fa Fletcher being a maker of arrowsl. As symbols of flight they reflect the Admiral's mastery of the tactical use naval air power T T The anchor represents Admiral Fletcher's long naval career that tin- cluded service aboard destroyers, cruisers, battleships, and carriers. The inverted star in silhouette is a reference to the Medal of Honor pendant. His battle experience with Japanese forces during three of the principal carrier air battles of World War II, Coral Sea, Midway, and the Eastern Solomons IS symbolized by a naval cutlass resting in superior position over a samurai sword i . f y The ship s motto PACE ET BELLO PARATUSW an peace and War Preparedj characterizes the traits common of the variousnaval forces that Admiral Fletcher served with or commanded throughout his naval career T Q ' ,. W 2 gi' , g V , YQ xy I :IT in 1+ ff' S-rw Liar, , MW, , ti ff m6 f, ua ff 2 f . W f, ' at f V ff I I, wfffA,3 ,,. ,. f ' If AZ J W, , ff , f f' f W 5

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