The Utah football program unveiled new alternate uniforms on Tuesday that are inspired by the U.S.S. Salt Lake City, a heavy cruiser that saw more combat than any other ship in the Pacific Fleet during World War II.
The uniform is dark gray and includes dazzle camouflage accents on the sleeve caps and sides of the pants, which is in accordance with the patterns on the port and starboard side of the U.S.S. Salt Lake City.
The right sleeve also features a single battle star, which means there will be 11 stars on the field at any given time, signifying the number of battle stars earned by the vessel. The name of the ship can be seen on the chest above black numbers with a white outline.
The back collar displays the phrase “One Ship Fleet” as a nod to the U.S.S. Salt Lake City’s efforts in the Doolittle Raid and at Guadalcanal, Iwo Jima and Okinawa. One of those battles is even depicted on the left side of the hand-painted helmets, while the name of the ship and the 11 battles stars can be seen on the other side.
Last but not least, Utah’s interlocking “U” logo is displayed on the left hip of the pants, tying tying the university to the ship.
The Utes will wear the U.S.S. Salt Lake City-inspired uniforms when they host Oregon on Nov. 20, otherwise known as Military Appreciation Day at Rice-Eccles Stadium.
Photos courtesy of @Utah_Football on Twitter.