|CREST OF USS CALIFORNIA (CGN-36)|
|The central figure is a grizzly bear, selected
because of its status as the state animal of
California. The bear also symbolizes the power
and tenacity embodied in the CGN-36 class ship.
The stance of the bear is identical with that of
the bear in the California state flag and,
against the ocean background, signifies the long
"strides" that nuclear-powered cruisers
are able to take across the sea. Like USS
CALIFORNIA, the bear's presence is commanding but
The atom behind the bear represents the ship's nuclear propulsion. The missile on the border of the insignia symbolizes CALIFORNIA's weapons capabilities, while the lightning bolt signifies the cruiser's extensive command, control, communication and surveillance systems.
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