This insignia was adopted in 1961. Its design reflects the source of the USS ORISKANY name and her present day missions. The globe, used for a background, illustrates world-wide sea power. The air craft carrier is a symbol of naval power, and the eagle represents the ever-present vigil that the U.S. Navy maintains. The remaining parts of the insignia represent the Battle of Oriskany, New York, in 1777. Hawk are the type of weapons used in the fighting of that era. The nettles and blue background (water) come from the Mohawk Native American name of Oriskany: "orisk" (nettles) and "any" (water).
Naval History and Heritage Command