For those who served in the RVAH Community, their families, and friends!
The USS Carl Vinson's (CVN-70) motto is "Vis Per Mare" (Strength from the Sea)
So I think we can assume "Vis Per" can be translated as "strength from"
The Latin dictionaries I found on line define "dictum" as "formal statement, pronouncement; saying, maxim"
So maybe it means "Because we said so"?
Because we said so is a pretty good translation. I couldn't find any translation exactly either but when I was putting together my brag jacket a few years ago I was reacquiring all the patches I needed. When I got this one that was when I wondered what it really meant. I was told it meant strength through effort or something to that effect.
I like "Because we said so".
Where did I hear "Hammer the bastards down" in reference to the Wing motto?