|USS Vreeland's Crest|
|The heraldic ramifications of the Vreelands crest are many. The central design is that of the
(VON) Vreeland family originally from Amsterdam, Holland.
The blazon of the shield which is approriate for the ship and its mission is that of a blue shield representing the oceans, the fess (horizontal bar) that of a convoy, while the three mullets (stars) allude the three major missionsof the ship; submarine hunter-killer, convoy escort and surveillance. The stars themselves symbolic of achievement, leadership and wisdom, while the number three in numerology denotes action, power and inspiration. The rampart lion supporting the coat of armsis a heraldic symbol of bravery and forthrightness, and its stalking pose one of deliberate intent. Its mailed fist illustrates the Vreeland's unremitting, iron thrust at the enemy below, while the claspedtrident is indicative of nautical supremacy. The centerwork is set against a sea blue field,
the natural unfettered element of Vreeland.Contained within is the motto,
"QUO FAS ET GLORIA DUCUNT":
"WHERE DUTY AND GLORY LEAD".