The Navy athletics department is making the switch from from Nike to Under Armour this season and Saturday’s Fan Fest at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis provided the first look at Ken Niumatalolo’s football team’s new duds.
The first thing that stands out? The stripes. There’s an explanation for them, as well as for the other design details.
“The six stripes across the front of the jersey represent the 6 US Naval fleets. This stripe detail will be present across all USNA athletic uniforms as a theme that unites the entire athletic department.”
“The Marine Corps crest will be located on the hip of the home and away pants. Upon graduation, midshipmen will enter either the Navy or the Marine Corps as commissioned officers.”
“The naval battle cry ‘don’t give up the ship’ is embroidered on the hem and rear belt loop of each uniform as a reminder to the players that when they take the field, they are representing and playing for the US Naval Academy.”
— Navy Athletics (@NavyAthletics) August 3, 2014
In addition to the home and away uniforms depicted above, Navy deputy director of athletics Eric Ruden told the Baltimore Sun that Under Armour will produce “special, one-time uniforms” for the team’s season opener on August 30 against Ohio State and the Army game. Details about those uniforms haven’t been released.