Update: Well, it isn’t just Navy’s helmets that are getting an upgrade. Monday night, the school unveiled an entire new uniform set for the contest. Here’s more about it, via Navy’s official website.
The Under Armour uniforms are inspired by the First Navy Jack. In 2002 Secretary of the Navy Gordon R. England ordered all United States Navy ships to fly the First Navy Jack with the “Don’t Tread On Me” motto and moving rattlesnake in place of the regular Navy Jack for the duration of the global war on terror. The First Navy Jack, with its red and white stripes, was first used by the Continental Navy during the American Revolution.
Here’s a photo of the new digs. Navy fans – do you like them?
Earlier: Army and Navy first met on the gridiron in 1890, and this upcoming Saturday, they’ll be playing their 115th contest against each other. The Midshipmen, who have won the last 12 meetings against the Black Knights, will apparently be donning some new headgear for the game. Monday, Navy unveiled new “Don’t Tread On Me” helmets, which make use of the famous flag with a coiled rattlesnake. The college football world seems to like them so far.
— Navy Athletics (@NavyAthletics) December 8, 2014
There is no word on whether Navy will be unveiling new uniforms to go with the helmets. Army and Navy are set to kick off at 3:00 PM EST on CBS.