Navy athletics have been associated with gear from Nike for as long as most of us can remember them selling out to corporate America. However, in 2014 that all changes thanks to a new partnership with apparel maker Under Armour.
The Midshipmen have long had traditional navy, gold and white uniforms and some wondered if the Maryland-based apparel supplier would tinker with tradition at all. That won’t be the case with the football uniforms though, as the Navy athletic department unveiled the new look of the Under Armour designs.
It appears that Under Armour drew a bit of inspiration from what they did with Northwestern, creating horizontal stripes across the chest of the jersey. According to the info-graphic Navy released on Saturday, the six stripes across the chest represent the six United States Naval fleets.
The United States Naval Academy also serves as a training ground for officers of the Marine Corps. and Under Armour will honor that branch with its emblem on the hip of both the home and away pants this season.
One cool addition is that of adding the words “Don’t give up the ship” to the right hip of the jerseys. Those words are the battle cry of the United States Naval Academy.
Navy is the 12th Division I school to be outfitted by Under Armour and ends a 12-year relationship with previous outfitter, Nike.