USS CROMMELIN (FFG 37)
The colors blue and
gold are traditionally associated with the U. S. Navy. The three
interlaced chevronels represent the Crommelin brothers after whom
the ship is named. The two winged chevronels refer to the air
exploits of Lieutenant Commander Richard and Commander Charles
Crommelin who served and died as Naval aviators. The central
chevronel over which an anchor is placed alludes to the surface
ship career of Vice Admiral Henry Crommelin, the oldest and first
to serve of the brothers.
The linked chevronels
suggest the strength and determination of U. S. naval forces in
their efforts to regain enemy held territories of the Pacific
Ocean throughout World War II. It was in this effort that the
Crommelin brothers so distinguished themselves.
The rampant sea lion is
a symbolic creature associated with valor at sea; its head and
mane are scarlet for courage and its body is gold for zeal and
achievement. The scarlet sword recalls the fierce conflict of the
Pacific war. The wings and silver collar with blue cross signify
some of the decorations the brothers received, such as the Navy
Cross, the Silver Star and the Distinguished Flying Cross.
Factum is latin simply for "Job Well Done".