The insignia of USS NASHVILLE is centered about thirteen stars that represent the original thirteen colonies. Surrounding the blue field and white stars is the gold compass rose of the Seal of the Metropolitan Government of the City of Nashville, Tennessee, symbolizing the continuing link between the ship and her namesake city.
During the American Revolutionary War, Brigadier General Francis Nash,of the Continental Army, gave his life to ensure the independence of the colonies. The city of Nashville was named in his honor. Emblazoned on the ship’s banner is the Nashville’s motto taken from General Nash’s dying words, “From the first dawn of the Revolution I have ever been on the side of liberty and my country.” Flanking the motto are the traditional emblems of the Navy and Marine Corps.
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