Photo #: NH 68358-KN (Color)
Insignia: USS Fox (DLG-33)
Cloth jacket patch featuring the emblem adopted in 1965, shortly before the ship was placed in commission.
The motto is one associated with the English branch of the Fox family and dates back to the early 19th Century. Freely translated, it might be rendered as "action without words".
The colors of the shield are those of the National ensign, symbolic of courage, loyalty, and honor. Moreover, they are the colors of Gustavus Vasa Ericson, King of Sweden in the 16th Century, to whom it is believed that Assistant Secretary of the Navy Gustavus Vasa Fox traced his lineage.
The running fox and battle helmet are an adaptation of the heraldic device of a coat of arms of the English branch of the Fox family. The fleet fox represents the ship's speed, agility and cunning. The knight's helmet symbolizes military purpose and readiness, with its closed visor reiterating the message of the motto.
Courtesy of Captain G.F. Swainson, USN, 1969.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
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18 April 2003