Semper paratus

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"SEMPER PARATUS" inscribed on the official flag of the U.S. Coast Guard

Semper Paratus is a Latin phrase, meaning "Always Ready". Sometimes shortened to Semper P. It is used as the official motto of some organizations, such as the United States Coast Guard. A 1928 song of the same name is also used as the U.S. Coast Guard's official march, and the phrase appears on the organization's flag.




  • "Semper Paratus" is the Motto of the Roxas City Fire Station, Capiz, Philippines. It is embedded in its official logo and flag. Semper Paratus inspires firefighters to be Always Ready Anytime, Anywhere in Any Weather. Semper P is a form of greeting at Roxas City Fire Station

Hong Kong[edit]


  • Semper Paratus is the motto of the Romanian Obstacle Course Racing Association - also known as OCR Romania - the organization that founded the Romanian Obstacle Sports Federation (established in 2021).

United Kingdom[edit]

  • Semper Paratus is the motto used by numerous armigers, including the Barons Clifford of Chudleigh,[3] Armytage baronets, of Kirklees, Yorkshire, and Elphinstone baronets, of Sowerby, Cumberland.[4]
  • It is also the family motto of the family Upton and has been used since the 11th Century.[5]
  • Tremeirchion Cricket club official motto
  • Bowdon Cricket Club official motto
  • Netherlee Primary School official motto
  • New Romney Fire Brigade official motto
  • Grangemouth High School official motto

United States[edit]


  • It is the motto of Queensland Fire and Rescue Service, a part of Queensland Fire and Emergency Services
  • It is the motto of the 5th Battalion of the 5/6th Battalion, Royal Victorian Regiment
  • It is the motto of 'A' Battery, Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery (RRAA). 'A' Battery is the oldest and longest continuous full-time serving unit in the Australian Defense Force. 'A' Battery was established on the 1 August 1871, being also the date of the RRAA birthday.
  • It is the motto of the Hobart Fire Brigade (HFB)[9] a brigade within the Tasmania Fire and Emergency Service (TFES).


  1. ^ a b Canadian Forces Publication A-DH-267-003
  2. ^ "Winged dragon: The history of the Royal Hong Kong Auxiliary Air Force". Archived from the original on 2020-02-09. Retrieved 10 January 2021.
  3. ^ "Clifford Coat of Arms Meanings and Family Crest Artwork".
  4. ^ The General Armory of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales, Bernard Burke, Harrison & Sons, 1884, pp. 25, 204, 324
  5. ^ "The Upton family from Newcastle West, Limerick to the world". 28 January 2013.
  6. ^ "Semper Paratus" (Always Ready)
  7. ^ Special Unit Designations
  8. ^ "NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive".
  9. ^