Dark blue are the colors
traditionally used by the Navy and reflect the sea and excellence. The
belted Kingfisher, a tenacious hunter, is the ship's namesake. This
graceful bird jealously guards it fishing rights, constantly patrolling
its stretch of shoreline. The blue and gray border commemorates the
courage and valor displayed by the first USS KINGFISHER during the
Civil War and alludes to a coastline and the littoral maritime area
where an MHC operates.
The Crest: The horned contact mine
the North Sea mine barrage clearance of the third USS KINGFISHER during
World War I. The stars honor the battle star that the ship earned
rescuing a downed aviator during World War II. The life ring also
highlights this lifesaving act. The four lightning bolts represent the
four ships that have been named KINGFISHER; their radiating
configuration underscores the ship's modern electronic mine hunting
capabilities in the search and clearing of enemy mines.