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Navy releases first look of ‘Bill the Goat’ uniforms for 2018 Army-Navy game

The clean, white uniforms are a departure from the recently used specialty uniforms, featuring the Naval Academy mascot instead of a nod to active duty Navy units.

Photo courtesy of @NavyAthletics Twitter account

Navy Athletics released images of their uniform for this year’s Army-Navy game on Wednesday morning.

The trend in recent years for Air Force, Army, and Navy specialty football uniforms has generally been based on the uniforms of specific military units or historical events. This year, Air Force played Stony Brook in its AC-130 Spectre legacy uniforms and last year Navy wore Blue Angel kits, while Army wore all-white 10th Mountain Division uniforms. This year, Navy is bucking the trend and giving a nod to its own mascot, Bill the goat.

The Under Armour uniforms are very clean looking, with a white base and classic blue and gold accents. They are somewhat subdued compared to what Under Armour usually comes up with, especially in contrast to its peacocky work on University of Maryland’s uniforms.

The cleats feature Bill the goat, as do the helmets and receivers’ gloves, which form a full picture of the mascot when the hands are crossed over. The Navy “N” is on both shoulders and the pants have a Marine Corps Eagle, Globe, and Anchor near the hip.

This is the 125th anniversary of Navy’s first use of the goat mascot, which was debuted in 1893, when Navy defeated Army 6-4. The use of the goat mascot has been synonymous with Navy athletics since then and has often been the target of spirit missions throughout the years, with West Point cadets capturing the live mascots and holding them hostage.

The uniforms will be worn during the 119th playing of the Army-Navy game on December 8th at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, but for now, here’s a first look.