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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.
A collision between a Coast Guard boat and a Navy vessel near Kodiak Island, Alaska on Wednesday landed six coasties and three sailors to the hospital, officials said.
The Navy has identified the two Defense Department civilians who were killed in a shooting Wednesday at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard in Hawaii.
A shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida has left four people dead, including the gunman, law enforcement officials said at a Friday news conference.
The shooter and two victims were killed at the base and another victim died after being taken to the hospital, said Chip Simmons, deputy chief of the Escambia County Sheriff's Office.
Another seven people remain hospitalized, including two sheriff's deputies who engaged the gunman, Simmons said at Friday's news conference. One was hit in the arm and the other was shot in the knee. Both are expected to recover.
Widespread sexism and gender bias in the Marine Corps hasn't stopped hundreds of female Marines from striving for the branch's most dangerous, respected and selective jobs.
Six years after the Pentagon officially opened combat roles to women in 2013, 613 female Marines and sailors now serve in them, according to new data released by the Marine Corps.
"Females are now represented in every previously-restricted occupational field," reads a powerpoint released this month on the Marine Corps Integration Implementation Plan (MCIIP), which notes that 60% of those female Marines and sailors now serving in previously-restricted units joined those units in the past year.
The troubled 22-year-old Pearl Harbor sailor identified as shooting three shipyard workers Wednesday and then killing himself may have come from a troubled ship.
Gabriel Romero, a sailor on the submarine USS Columbia, fatally shot two civilian workers and wounded a third while the Los Angeles-class vessel is in Dry Dock 2 for a two-year overhaul, according to The Associated Press and other sources.
Romero "opened fire on shipyard personnel with his M-4 service rifle and then turned his M9 service pistol on himself," Fox News Pentagon reporter Lucas Tomlinson reported, citing a preliminary incident report.
Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam was not able to provide information Thursday on a report that multiple suicides have occurred on the Columbia.
Hawaii News Now said Romero was undergoing disciplinary review and was enrolled in anger management classes.