ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy men's basketball team will wear custom Under Armour "Don't Tread On Me" uniforms for the Veterans Classic against Florida on Friday.
The Under Armour uniforms are inspired by the First Navy Jack flag. 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.
Inspired by the First Navy Jack, the uniform features red and white stripes in the jersey collar and the side of the shorts. The phrase “Don't Tread on Me” is featured tonally in the red stripe on side of the short.
The actual Navy Jack is centered on the front of the short waistband and a stylized N-Star logo with an intertwined snake is on the left short hem.
For Navy's footwear, the team will wear the Under Armour Veterans Day ClutchFit Drive II, which was designed with military colors to honor those who have served for our country’s freedom.
Top-ranked North Carolina and Temple will open the Veterans Classic on Friday at 7 PM, followed by Navy-Florida at 9:30 PM.