SIOUX FALLS — South Dakota pride will be on display today (Saturday) when the South Dakota State University and University of South Dakota football teams meet in Brookings for the South Dakota Showdown Series presented by South Dakota Corn.

The teams will wear the official USS South Dakota (SSN 790) crest on their helmets to commemorate the commissioning of South Dakota’s first Navy vessel in more than 70 years.

Featuring Mount Rushmore, pheasant feathers and coyotes, the symbol includes a wide variety of South Dakota imagery.

"I think the crest is an awesome representation of South Dakota’s fighting spirit, heritage and history," says Committee Co-Chair and retired Navy Captain Debra Bodenstedt of Yankton.

In 2016, 72 students and adults across South Dakota participated in a contest for the symbol. The final version includes design elements suggested by several of the finalists.

The crest also features:

• 13 stars representing the 13 battles fought by the USS South Dakota battleship (BB 57) during World War II

• A rattlesnake depicting stealth and fast attack readiness

• The boat’s motto (in Latin), "Under the sea we rule"

The USS South Dakota (SSN 790) will be one of the newest and most innovative fast-attack submarines in the U.S. Navy fleet. When in service, SSN 790 will carry a crew of 132 Navy personnel. The submarine will be commissioned on Feb. 2, 2019, in Groton, Connecticut.

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