At the top of the plate is the Oath of Allegiance:
I do solemnly swear that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the UNITED STATES of AMERICA and
that I will serve them honestly and faithfully against all their enemies whomsoever and
that I will obey orders of the President of the UNITED STATES,
and the orders of the officers appointed over me,
according to the Rules and Articles for the Government of the Navy.