The red and white field and anchor are adapted from a previous USCGC HARRIET LANE coat of arms. The color gold is emblematic of honor and high achievement. The white stripes commemorate the three ships that share the name HARRIET LANE. The red, white, and blue reflect our national heritage and are the colors traditionally used by the Coast Guard. The shield bearing the eagle grasping a cutlass represents the national security, maritime safety, and law enforcement missions of the present USCGC HARRIET LANE and gallant efforts of the crew aboard the first HARRIET LANE.
The three oars, honoring the past and present HARRIET LANEs, and the life ring underscore the Coast Guard's search and rescue and humanitarian missions. The current HARRIET LANE has distinguished herself by rescuing thousands of migrants and seizing thousands of pounds of illegal drugs, carrying on the rich tradition of "THE DESIRED EFFECT." "THE DESIRED EFFECT" is a phrase associated with the original USCGC HARRIET LANE and her service during the Civil War.
The traditional cannons highlight the firing of the first shot from a Naval unit in the Civil War by the first HARRIET LANE. They are crossed to represent firepower and military readiness.
HARRIET LANE's motto of "Paratus, Libens, Balidus" comes from the first crew of the current USCGC HARRIET LANE. It is latin for "Ready, Willing, Able."
The phrase "THE DESIRED EFFECT" comes from the original HARRIET LANE, a cutter in the Revenue Cutter Service. When the NASHVILLE showed her colors after the HARRIET LANE fired a shot across her bow - the first naval shot fired in the Civil War - the captain remarked that their shot had "had the desired effect."