Dark blue and gold are the colors
traditionally associated with the Navy and reflect high ideals,
excellence and the sea, the MCM 13's theater of operations. The broad
arrow is red for courage and valor and war service while alluding to
the ship's skillful capability to make a path to clear sea-lanes of
enemy mines. The white fimbriation around the broad arrow simulates a
second arrow reflecting that there have been two ships of the same name.
The Crest: The triangle
support and suggests the integral part the USS DEXTROUS will serve in
support of the fleet. The red Torii gate denotes service in the Korean
War. The heraldic fountain, indicating clear water, symbolizes service
by the prior USS DEXTROUS as a minesweeper. The wreath of laurel and
palm implies honor and victory and service in World War II in both the
Atlantic and the Pacific. "NEMO NOS ANTECEDIT" "NO ONE GOES BEFORE US"