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The History of the USS Hancock Patch
In looking thru the 1955-1956 cruise book, loaned to the Association by John Hlubek, V6 Div, l953-l956,
I found a copy of "The Catapult", the ship's newspaper, dated Jan 19, 1956. Reading it with interest,
I discovered an article entitled: "Ship's Insignia to be changed". I felt it important to include this
History in our Overall History on this Web Site which is copied below . I am sure many have no idea what the insignia
means or how it came about.
Wayne Erven, CWO3, USN (Ret)
OA Division, (YNC), '65-'68
Assn Sec'y & Past Pres 2006-08
"Plans have been drawn to bring the HANCOCK insignia up to date. It has been felt for some time that the
present ship's insignia is outdated and inadequate in that the steam catapults are no longer unique, and that a
"fighting ship of the line" should have an insignia that depicts more of the dignity of the Naval Service.
Marvin Pedigo, LI3, from the Print Shop has drawn up the new insignia, which will be sent to the Chief of Naval
Operations for approval..
The insignia has a triangular background of gold, with the top side horizontal, upon which is imposed a stylized
impression of the bow of the attack carrier. The ship is in Navy gray with a white bow wave above the blue water
at the bottom of the triangle. Above the flight deck are a set of Naval Aviator's wings outlined in black on the
gold background. They symbolize the ship's role in supporting and projecting naval air power. Slightly lower and
overlapping, but just above the flight deck appears the ship's name U.S.S. HANCOCK in blue letters.
Approximately at the center of the triangle and mounted on the carrier bow is the ship's shield. This shield symbolizes
the ship's role in defending our country. The shield is divided vertically and horizontally into four fields. Upper
right field is scarlet representing courage, lower left field in Navy blue representing our service, and the sea
in which it operates. In the upper left field completed with a flourish under the word "Liberty" written
in script. The word represents a word cherished by our famous namesake, patriots past and present, and with additional
meaning by Navy men everywhere. In a white lower right field are 9 small bombs in gold, arranged in an orderly
diamond, axis vertical. These represent the 9 departments of the ship (including the Air Group) which are organized
into a hard and valuable jewel. The bombs appropriately infer the offensive nature of our mission. The number of
them also represents the second digit of the HANCOCK's hull number. With the Navy blue of the lower left field,
the gold of the bombs completes the Navy colors."
available thru the Ship's Store
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Addional Interesting USS Hancock History
Return to USS Hancock Main History Page
A Brief History of the USS Hancock CV/CVA-19
USS Hancock History Over-View Page
The USS Hancock WWII War Record
WWII Deployment History
The "High Cost of WWII
The Hancock Awards
The Hannah's Specs
USS Hancock Patch History
Post Recommissioning Deployment History
Vietnam War Deployment History
Decommissioning Ceremony - 1976
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