What The USS South Dakota Official Command Crest Means

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At 10 a.m. Saturday, the USS South Dakota will be officially commissioned. The official command crest for the submarine was designed and approved in 2016. South Dakota students and adults helped design parts of the symbol through a contest. 

Some of the symbols on the crest include Mount Rushmore, pheasant feathers, coyotes, wheat and sunbursts used in 1909 on the state’s original flag.

Here’s a complete breakdown of the crest. 

  • SSN790: The Sail of the submarine. 
  • Gold Dolphin for Officer submarine qualfification. 
  • Thirteen Battle Stars of Battleship South Dakota BB 57 
  • Sunburst from South Dakota’s State Flag 
  • A Coyote representing South Dakota’s State Animal and the “pack” mentality of the attack submarines
  • Pheasant feathers, South Dakota’s State Bird 
  • “Subter Mare Dominamur” the motto of command meaning “Under the sea we rule” 
  • Rattlesnake rattles, rattlesnakes can be found in South Dakota 
  • T-Rex skull, one of the most extensive and best preserved Tyrannosaurus rex skelton’s was found in South Dakota
  • Mount Rushmore 
  • Wheat to represent South Dakota Agriculture 
  • Silver Dolphin for Enlisted submarine qualification 

The Virginia Class nuclear submarine will be one of the newest, most innovative fast-attack submarines in the Navy’s fleet and it will be commissioned with a ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday. You can watch the ceremony on KELOLAND.com. KELOLAND News will continue to bring you coverage from the event. 

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