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USS PATTERSCDN QFF-1061
THE SHlP'S INSIGNIA
W i W A R 7 7
Bestiary: The Pelinicus is a new heraldic is composed of a Iion's
hindquarter's with finned legs, webbed feet, and wings, a swan's neck, and
a fighting pelican's head and bagged beak. It's half eagle, with the neck and beak
of a swan, a variation of the Griffinl.
Symbolism: The Pelinicus represents all as the symbol of the deathless courage
of the most valiant soldier who is a foe to speedy apprehension in the senlice
Of fOfiifUd9: The Swan, The Gr1SiQn ofthe protection and devoted charity.
This combination amply symbolizes the dual as and protector of other vessels.
The fins and the webbed feet mark the of maritime dominion, poised to spear
the eheml' 'UVKihQ beneath the Sea- The protective part of the ship's mission but
its field with drops of blood is a reminder of her 9eVe their lives Serving Oh the Previous
Ships hemed Peffefeeh- If is also 8 arms are drawing for their brood. The fleur-
de-lis recalls the city of New Orleans, where U.S.S. Commodore pai-torson in that oity'S defense.
lThe attitude Of the Pelinicus is 'eve en pied, Le- he denoting an animals deliberate, searching
pace when he IS On the prow'-l Finally, the Chief Chargedt the second u.s.s. PATTERSON earned 13 battle
stars during the second World War.
e C efgee 0 e S. 'P S efe placed eh e Te"Qei eTYPe of by the nobility for their tournaments only. Since the U.S.S.
PATTERSON has a specialized mission, it is appropriate to place the Pefihlcus on a special shield The Targe was invented in Italy during the
14th century and spread all over Europe. Its hook-like cut-out fthe lance restl was used by the -knight to improve his aim by guiding the IanCe
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USS PATTERSON was built in New Orleans,
Louisiana, by Avondale shipyards and was commis-
sioned 14 March 1970. She is the third United States
Navy ship named in honor of Commodore Daniel
Todd PATTERSON who valiantly defended the city
of New Orleans during the War of 1812. USS PAT-
TERSON is one of 46 Knox class frigates specially
designed for anti-submarine warfare. She has had
a very distinguished career, serving her country well
on four Mediterranean deployments, one North
Atlantic deployment, and Middle East Force aug-
mentation. She has earned the coveted Battle Effi-
ciency the Meritorious Unit Commendation, the
Humanitarian Service Award, and innumerable de-
partmental proficiency awards. USS PATTERSON
became a member of the Naval Reserve Force on
15 June 1983. Since then she has participated in
Central American operations qLaw Enforcement Op-
erations with the US Coast Guardj and other Fleet
Through it all, PATTERSON continues to be an
active and ready component of the Naval Reserve
Force - an ever-increasing part of our "One Navy."
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