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Canadian Coast Guard
Registration of a Badge
June 15, 1992
Vol. II, p. 175
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On an oval Argent a maple leaf Gules impaling Azure two dolphins naiant Or the lower one contourné the whole within a rope knotted at the base also Or and ensigned by a representation the Royal Crown proper;
SALUTI PRIMUM AUXILIO SEMPER;
This emblem, which was approved before 1961, combines the red and white colours of Canada with the blue of waterways. The maple leaf evokes Canada and the dolphins represent the ships that ply the coasts of Canada. As well, dolphins are regarded as ancient talismans and helpers of all mariners. The crown represents service to the Sovereign.
Meaning “Safety first, service always”, the motto expresses the Coast Guard philosophy.