No. 23 Utah will be wearing special jerseys for its clash against No. 3 Oregon at Rice-Eccles Stadium on Saturday.
One Ship Fleet ⚓️ @Utah_Football USS Salt Lake City uniform symbolizes the strength & fighting spirit of the famous WWII Pacific Fleet ship. Every aspect of the uniform pays homage to the USS Salt Lake City, her crew and their accomplishments. pic.twitter.com/Ke2y9RqG9v— Under Armour FTBL (@UAFootball) November 16, 2021
Earlier this year, the Utes unveiled a uniform combination that pays tribute to the United States Navy ship USS Salt Lake City and its crew, which had the most combat engagements in the Pacific Fleet during World War II.
It earned the nickname “One Ship Fleet” and earned 11 battle stars.
Utah’s uniforms are dark grey — the color of the ship — with camouflage accents on the shoulders and sides of the pants that match the camouflage painted on the USS Salt Lake City.
There is also a battle star on one of the shoulders so that when the Utes are on the field, there will be 11 battle stars to represent the 11 battle stars the ship earned.
“One Ship Fleet” is on the back neckline of the jersey.
The uniform is topped off by a helmet depicting the USS Salt Lake City in a battle. Each helmet was hand-painted by artist Armando Villarreal.
USS Salt Lake City helmets behind the scenes. Thank you so much to my wife @lorakatherine for all the help. @Greg144E for the video. @UtesEquipment @Schutt_RepCMac @schuttsports @Utah_Football @Tucker_Petre @SportCoatNA pic.twitter.com/ywY8MgDFAa— Armando Villarreal (@AVStudios) November 16, 2021
A referee will use a rare coin used on the USS Salt Lake City for the coin toss, and U.S. Navy jets will fly over the stadium during the national anthem as part of Military Appreciation Day.
This coin is extremely rare, with less than a dozen in existence. It was used on the #USSSLC to buy goods & services, since sailors had little need for printed money. It’s made of aluminum & dates back to the 1930s.— Utah Football (@Utah_Football) November 19, 2021
The referees will use this coin for the toss this Saturday. pic.twitter.com/LgMH1BECTo
Oregon, famous for its limitless number of Nike uniform combinations, will wear a white jersey with green accents, green pants and a green helmet with yellow accents.