Photo #: NH 64724-KN (Color)
Insignia of USS Lewis and Clark (SSBN-644)
Artwork of the emblem adopted in 1965, as the ship was approaching completion.
Its main symbol is a ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) launching a Polaris missile. Above this appears a modified version of the reverse of the gold medallion presented to Indian tribes by Lewis and Clark during their explorations. The crossed peace pipe and tomahawk symbolize the desire for peace, yet a readiness to fight for freedom. The ship's motto "Theirs to discover. Ours to defend" has been substituted for the original medallion's inscription.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
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Image posted 24 January 2005