Emblazoned on a blue background that symbolizes the mighty
USS VIRGINIA (SSN-774) is prominently positioned. The forward view of
VIRGINIA denotes her leading the Submarine Force into a new century and onto
a new and exciting course for the United States Navy. The gold lettering and
border around the seal combined with the blue background represent the
Navy’s colors of blue and gold. The silhouette of the Commonwealth of
Virginia represents the state for which the ship is named. Each of the nine
stars represents an
American warship named VIRGINIA. The single point of
light at the stern of the ship symbolizes both the nuclear propulsion plant
that powers the submarine as well as the ship’s data processing system fiber
optic backbone. In keeping with the Commonwealth of Virginia’s motto, the
words “Sic Semper Tyrannis” (Latin for “Thus Always To Tyrants”) appear at
the bottom, which combined with the symbolism of the Commonwealth’s Seal,
represents the triumph of Virtue over Tyranny.
The image of George Washington also looks forward with
VIRGINIA. George Washington, a Virginia native, has been characterized as
the “indispensable man” vital to the formation of our republic. In all of
history, few men who possessed unassailable power have used that power so
selflessly and wisely for the welfare of their countrymen and all mankind.
VIRGINIA also stands ready in all her indisputable power to serve the people
of this great Nation and her allies.
"Without a decisive naval force we can do nothing definitive, and
with it, everything honorable and glorious."
President George Washington
15 November 1781
to Marquis de Lafayette