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CGC KISKA Emblem Design

By Christopher Edington

CGC KISKA Emblem Design
COAST GUARD CUTTER KISKA

13°26’24” N, 144° 39’ 36” E

USCGC KISKA (WPB 1336) is an Island Class Patrol Boat stationed in Santa Rita, Guam. It serves as a versatile platform for performing a wide variety of missions, some of which are: Port, Waterways, and Coastal Security (PWCS), Search and Rescue (SAR), Maritime Law Enforcement (MLE), and living Marine Resources (LMR) Protection. USCGC KISKA primarily operates throughout Guam, always ready to answer the call in the service of our nation and humanity.

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Puddle Pirate Co. was asked to design the unit emblem for the Coast Guard Cutter KISKA, an Island Class Patrol Boat stationed in Santa Rita, Guam. It serves as a versatile platform for performing a wide variety of missions, some of which are: Port, Waterways, and Coastal Security (PWCS), Search and Rescue (SAR), Maritime Law Enforcement (MLE), and living Marine Resources (LMR) Protection. USCGC KISKA primarily operates throughout Guam

The shape is derived from a circle, giving it a strong, balanced feeling. The nautical line outlines this to draw emphasis to the seagoing nature of the KISKA.

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As a nod to where the KISKA’s homeport, the shape of the seal of GUAM shows up at the base an interior circle. Palm symbols accompany the shape to draw more from the seal. There are 2 palm symbols to pay homage to the Legend of the Two Lovers of Guam folklore. 

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A latte stone is a pillar (Chamorro language: haligi) capped by a hemispherical stone capital with the flat side facing up. Used as building supports by the ancient Chamorro people, they are found throughout most of the Mariana Islands. In modern times, the latte stone is seen as a sign of Chamorro identity and is used in many different contexts.puddlepirateco-kiska3

A flaming torch is a common emblem of both enlightenment and hope; something other boats in distress might have when CGC KISKA is en route to a SAR case, also a symbol of power and authority while acting as “Guardians of Micronesia.” 

 

 

 

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CGC MAUI Emblem Design

By Christopher Edington

CGC MAUI Emblem Design
COAST GUARD CUTTER MAUI

26.2285° N, 50.5860° E

The cutter Maui, originally homeported in Miami, Fla., is one of six U.S.
Coast Guard patrol boats assigned to Patrol Forces Southwest Asia in
Bahrain as part of Combined Task Force 150.
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The crew of the CGC Maui approached me to update their unit emblem recently. I took into account the cutter's history and present operations. At the core of the seal is the most basic of authority shapes, the shield. While CGC MAUI does much more than Law Enforcement (as does all of the Coast Guard), the basic shape of the shield is a familiar one.
The nautical star sits top and center as a secondary focal point in the emblem while characteristics of water sits at the base. Palm elements are placed on the sides to commemorate the Cutter’s namesake of Maui, Hawaii.
The tridents are powerful symbolic imagery, they’re placed here to represent the three main missions that the CGC MAUI engages in; SAR, Counter Drug Ops, & Migrant Interdiction Ops.
Bahrain is the MAUI’s current home port. While that may not be true forever, it’s a part of her history that will never be changed. So adding a small nod to the country’s flag atop the shield commemorates the missions and hard work that her and her crew have put in while part of PATFORSWA.
CGC MAUI has been around since 1986, since then, the shark has come to be a familiar symbol. Paying homage to her past without alienating the future, a new, more modern shark plays lead as the focal point of the new unit emblem.
The MAUI’s name and call number is placed on a ribbon overlapping the shield to add depth and creating a visual balance between elements of the seal.

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CGC MONOMOY Emblem Design

By Christopher Edington

CGC MONOMOY Emblem Design
COAST GUARD CUTTER MONOMOY

26.2285° N, 50.5860° E

Monomoy was originally commissioned in 1989 in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, at Coast Guard Station Woods Hole. Her missions have included search and rescue, maritime law enforcement, alien interdiction, marine mammal protection and pollution response, homeland security, and presidential. security. Monomoy provided security for President Clinton while vacationing on Martha’s Vineyard, and for George W. Bush while he was in Kennebunkport, Maine.

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Puddle Pirate Co. was asked to redesign the seal for the Coast Guard Cutter Monomoy currently deployed in Bahrain as part of PATFORSWA. Since the cutter has been around since 1989, and being originally from Massachusetts, we wanted to pay homage to her heritage and history as all good seals do.  

The basic shape takes on that of a lifering to overall denote the most basic fact of the Monomoy; She's a nautical vessel. 

Named after Monomoy Island, off the west coast of Cape Cod, MA, the Monomoy’s place of origin is part of her history that will never change. The banners that don the shield in the Massachuesetts State Flag, also show up in the Monomoy’s new seal as well as the lone star above the Native American who's wielded a bow and arrow (which also appear as a cross section). 

Not just paying homage to the state, but the name itself; Monomoy itself is a term coined from the Wampanoag Tribe, meaning “look-out-place” or “deep-water”. 

Then we added an eagle. Well because... Merica. Also, with the Monomoy being an entity overseas representing America, the symbol of the eagle represents  authority, swiftness and justice. 

Bahrain is the Monomoy’s current home port. While that may not be true forever, it’s a part of her history that will never be changed. So adding a small nod to the Bahrain National flag inside of the Eagle’s chest commemorates the missions and hard work that her and her crew have put in while part of PATFORSWA.

Adding color that pays homage to the Massachusetts state flag as well as adding in the cutter's motto rounds out the seal leaving it open for other operation color schemes (below). 

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