Symbolism of the USS Somerset Crest
The shield shape is taken from the shield on the Somerset County seal; the background is sky blue horizoned by an embowed green landscape in lower base. The upper area is charged with nine light blue piles and the lower area has three piles in lighter green, signifying Flight 93. The five trees represent the present day honored National Park Memorial site which is ringed by trees and signify that this is the fifth ship to bear the name SOMERSET. Around the edge of the shield on a blue border are forty white stars, one for each of the forty passengers and crew who perished at this crash site. Above the trees is an American bald eagle flying towards sinister to show that the passengers turned the flight of the airliner and bravely changed the outcome of the conspirators’ intent.
The cornstalk and olive branch are taken from the Pennsylvania state seal, and the keystone frame further identifies the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The image shows the USS United States, the first ship of the United States Navy, built and launched in Philadelphia, PA in 1797, symbolizing our proud naval heritage and long standing ties with Pennsylvania.
The Navy and Marine Corps officer swords and the Navy cutlass and Marine Corps noncommissioned officer sword represent the officers, crew and embarked Marines of the USS Somerset.