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We salute the Finnish sailors who earned a challenge coin for going viral as hell on TikTok
In mid-November, a short video featuring a quartet of Finnish Navy sailors rocking out with their best impressions of Mickey Mouse and his family went viral on the Chinese social media app, racking up millions of views there and elsewhere across the Internet.
According to the Finnish newspaper Ilta-Sanomat, the Finnish navy actually considered investigating the video to determine whether the sailors endangered operational security by shooting inside an active-duty vessel.
Luckily, the navy "decided that there was no need for a preliminary investigation," Ilta-Sanomat reports, citing Finnish navy spokesman Markus Malila. "The conscripts have been spoken to and reminded of the Defense Forces' [need for] security. From the navy's point of view, the issue has been resolved."
Apparently the navy's brief inquiry wasn't the end of it: Commander of the Finnish Navy Adm. Jori Harju felt compelled to hand over a challenge coin as an informal affirmation of the sailors while they were performing their duties this week.
"The Commander handed over the Navy Commander's coin to [the troops," Malila, the navy spokesman, told Ilta-Sanomat. "It is the Commander's personal, somewhat informal consideration of good performance."
The other reason? The sailors "showed the Navy and the conscription system in a positive way with their video," according to Ilta-Sanomat.
(Finnish Navy via Ilta-Sanomat)
Here's to you, Finland: you could really teach the Army a thing or two about using TikTok for recruiting purposes.
The U.S. Space Force has a name tape for uniforms now. Get excited people.
In a tweet from its official account, the Space Force said its uniform name tapes have "touched down in the Pentagon," sharing a photo of it on the chest of Gen. John W. Raymond, the newly-minted Chief of Space Operations for the new service branch nested in the Department of the Air Force.
PALM BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump gave a minute-to-minute account of the U.S. drone strikes that killed Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani in remarks to a Republican fund-raising dinner on Friday night, according to audio obtained by CNN.
With his typical dramatic flourish, Trump recounted the scene as he monitored the strikes from the White House Situation Room when Soleimani was killed.
The U.S. Navy will name its fourth Ford-class aircraft carrier after Doris Miller, an iconic World War II sailor recognized for his heroism during the Pearl Harbor attack, according to reports in The Honolulu Star-Advertiser and U.S. Naval Institute News.
Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly is expected to announce the naming of CVN-81 during a ceremony on Monday in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, according to USNI. Two of Miller's nieces are expected to be there, according to the Star-Advertiser.
Two immigrants, a pastor and an Army sergeant have been convicted of conspiracy to commit marriage fraud as part of an illegal immigration scheme, according to federal prosecutors.
Rajesh Ramcharan, 45; Diann Ramcharan, 37; Sgt. Galima Murry, 31; and the Rev. Ken Harvell, 60, were found guilty Thursday after a nine-day jury trial, according to a news release from the U.S. attorney's office in Colorado.
The conspiracy involved obtaining immigration benefits for Rajesh Ramcharan, Diann Ramcharan, and one of their minor children, the release said. A married couple in 2007 came to the U.S. from Trinidad and Tobago on visitor visas. They overstayed the visas and settled in Colorado.
DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran said on Saturday it was sending to Ukraine the black boxes from a Ukrainian passenger plane that the Iranian military shot down this month, an accident that sparked unrest at home and added to pressure on Tehran from abroad.
Iran's Tasnim news agency also reported the authorities were prepared for experts from France, Canada and the United States to examine information from the data and voice recorders of the Ukraine International Airlines plane that came down on Jan. 8.
The plane disaster, in which all 176 aboard were killed, has added to international pressure on Iran as it grapples with a long running row with the United States over its nuclear program that briefly erupted into open conflict this month.