Combined Operations Badge
Lt. D. A. Grant, who created the Combined Ops badge, could not have predicted how popular it would become or how long it would last.
The ‘Design’ Challenge of Mountbatten
The Combined Operations Command’s Chief, Lord Louis Mountbatten, solicited drawings for a badge to represent the Command on January 13, 1942. One of the designs submitted by Lt. D. A. Grant, RNVR, of HMS Tormentor, a landing craft training centre in the south of England, stood out above the numerous others in the open competition.
Lt Grant included a variety of symbols in his proposal that may be used to symbolise each of the three services. Here are the symbols: Navy: ship, naval crown, and fouled anchor