An aircraft carrier is selected for the Navy-Marine Corps Classic to be held in Jacksonville in November.
The Navy will send the USS Bataan to Mayport for the November 9th matchup between Florida and Georgetown.
Accompanying Bataan as a representational amphibious ready group will be USS Mesa Verde and USS Carter Hall.
The game is one of the highlight events of a week in Jacksonville honoring military members and their families.
"This is a well-earned chance for our city to embrace the national spotlight to show appreciation to the brave men and women who defend our country," says Mayor Alvin Brown.
"This is a unique opportunity to showcase the Navy and Marine Corps team and to join together to honor our veterans and active duty military," says Navy Secretary Ray Mabus. "This event reaffirms the Navy's long-term partnership with the City of Jacksonville and the surrounding community."
The game will be the first for both teams in the 2012-13 college basketball season.