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11/11/2011 12:18 pm ET Updated Jan 11, 2012

Carrier Classic: USS Carl Vinson's Flight Deck Transforms Into Basketball Court (VIDEO)

To commemorate Veterans Day, the Michigan State Spartans and North Carolina Tar Heels will play a college basketball game aboard a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier. Dubbed the "Carrier Classic," the game features two top college hoops programs in as unique a setting as the game is likely to ever be played.

The USS Carl Vinson, the vessel hosting the game, was the ship aboard which funereal rights were performed upon terrorist Osama bin Laden before a burial at sea in May.

The transformation of the flight deck of the nuclear-powered Nimitz-class super carrier in preparation for the basketball game was captured via time-lapse photography and shared on the U.S. Navy's YouTube channel.

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