Dark blue and gold, the colors traditionally associated with the Navy, represent the sea and excellence. The red is for sacrifice and valor and the white recalls purity of purpose. The gray chevron and two vertical bars represent the bow of LPD 21 and the Twin Towers, respectively. They are conjoined to emphasize the using of 24 tons of steel from the ruins of the World Trade Center to construct the bow of the USS New York.
The phoenix rising personifies the hope and determination of this Nation to rebuild and regroup to fight terrorism. The shield on the phoenix’s breast honors the New York City Fire department, New York City Police Department and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Red is for the Fire Department, the dark blue is the traditional blue for the Police Department and the Celeste is taken from the patch of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Celeste also alludes to coastal waters and the port of New York. The red drops represent blood shed and the ultimate sacrifice made by the men and women of 9/11. The stars commemorate the three battle stars the USS New York battleship earned in World War II. The border of the shield is adapted from the State of New York Seal.
The mountains, lake and sun rays highlight the State of New York and are adapted from the State Seal and highlight beauty and the heritage of the State. The seven rays represent the number of rays on Statue of Liberty’s Crown. They symbolize the seven seas and continents of the world and also suggest a direct connection to the littoral missions of the USS New York anywhere in the world, past and present. The sugar maple is the state tree of New York.
The crossed naval and marine swords symbolize the teamwork of the Navy-Marine war fighting team of the amphibious assault warship, USS New York. The enlisted swords further highlight the enlisted soldiers and sailors as being the back bone of our Armed Forces.