This emblem was adopted in 1968. Its symbolism is as follows: The three stars represent New Jersey, the third state of the Union; and the ship's 1968-1970 commission, her third period of active naval service. The King's helmet and shield are elements of the Great Seal of the State of New Jersey. The gold olive branch and 16' mount represent USS NEW JERSEY's role of guardian of world peace. The Liberty Bell is the national symbol of freedom. It is located in Philadelphia, where BB-62 was built. The waves of the shield are heraldic symbols for the sea. The colors used (red, white, blue and gold) are those of the Nation and Navy. The motto "Firepower For Freedom," ties all the elements of the design together. This patch was received from the ship in 1970.
Naval History and Heritage Command