Navy and Air Force will wear special uniforms when they meet Saturday on the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in a 3:30 ET game that will be televised by CBS. The Midshipmen's threads will celebrate the United States Marine Corps, while Air Force's uniforms are designed to honor a B-52 bomber crew that flew in operation Linebacker II during 1972.
During the game, the rivals will "acknowledge the unity amongst the U.S. Military branches and thank those who have dedicated themselves to the service of our country."
Here is a look at the uniforms that Air Force will wear as the teams begin their pursuit of the Commander-in-Chief Trophy.
"The few. The Proud," Navy tweeted. "The uniform you've been waiting for." Here's a look at the new jerseys:
On their website, Navy explained the inspiration behind the design, including the meaning of the colors used.
"Inspired by the iconic 'Dress Blue A' uniform, the 2021 USMC uniform shares symbolic elements from both enlisted and officer regalia. It draws parallels with white gloves, black cleats, red trim, and royal blue pants. The actual ensemble worn by a Marine is the only uniform within the U.S. Military designated to include this red, white, and blue color scheme."
Navy's helmet, shoulder and pant designs feature the Eagle, Globe and Anchor, as well as the battle cry "OORAH," which is on the front of the helmet. The back of the helmet reads "Semper Fi," the Marine Corps motto abbreviated from Semper Fidelis, meaning "always faithful."
The red stripe on the pants is known as the "Blood Stripe," a way to honor fallen and injured Marines.