San Diego’s newest professional football team now has a name — the San Diego Fleet. The Alliance of American Football on Tuesday released the names and logos of its Western Division teams, which includes San Diego.
The name reflects the strong connection between the Navy and San Diego, the league said. More than 35,000 men and women work at Naval Base San Diego and 54 Navy ships are homeport in San Diego.
All of that is reflected in the team’s logo, a single chevron with a battleship and a gray and yellow color scheme mirroring the San Diego sunshine and the paint color of battleships.
“San Diego is a football city,” AAF co-founder Charlie Ebersol said. “It’s deeply ingrained in the culture of the city.”
The eight-team spring football league will start play in February, the weekend after the Superbowl with a 10-game schedule ending in playoffs in April.
The San Diego Fleet will play at SDCCU Stadium and coached by former St. Louis Rams coach Mike Martz, a graduate of San Diego’s James Madison High School and Mesa College.
The other team names announced Tuesday are the Arizona Hotshots, Salt Lake Stallions and the San Antonio Commanders.
The league’s opener and championship game will be televised by CBS. Additional games will be carried by cable’s CBS Sports Network.