Photo #: NH 69532-KN (Color)
USS Basilone (DD-824)
Jacket patch of an insignia used after Basilone was redesignated from DD to DDE in 1962.
The central part of the emblem, and the ribbon at top containing the ship's name, were adopted in 1961, while Basilone was still a DDE. Its design features crossed cutlasses and a trident, traditional naval symbols, superimposed by a shield with waves of blue on white and a naval crown, both ancient symbols of the sea and its men. The Latin motto "Triumphus Supra Invisum" is translated "Victory Over the Unseen", reflecting Basilone's primary mission of anti-submarine warfare.
The background shield, featuring the National colors (blue field with red and white stripes), was added sometime between 1962 and 1970.
Courtesy of Captain G.F. Swainson, USN, 1970.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
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Image posted 21 December 2005