The Marine Safety Insignia is a gold rectangle with a trident extending within its length. A gold compass rose is centered above the trident with a silver shield covering the center of the compass rose. A braided rope runs the length of the trident and is intertwined with the compass rose.
The trident represents the three pronged approach to our mission; prevention, preparedness, and response, and is also the recognized symbol of the MST [Marine Science Technician] rating.
The compass rose is a recognized symbol of the world – acknowledging our worldwide reputation, influence, and duty stations.
The shield represents the safety and protection of people, property, and the environment.
The combination of silver and gold in the same insignia represents the Enlisted members (silver) and the Officer Corps (gold). Not having a separate color insignia for each symbolizes the similarity of qualifications required to fulfill the mission, regardless of rank/rate.
The braided rope represents the Coast Guard Seal, our service, and its maritime heritage. The rope intertwined among the other symbols represents the coordination between all marine safety personnel and operations for the successful completion of our mission.