There’s a new Navy submarine flick coming to theaters in the Fall. Hooyah! (See!? See how easy that was?)
Based on the trailer, Hunter Killer has the feel of The Hunt For Red October if Michael Bay was allowed in the editing room. Starring Gerard Butler and Gary Oldman and directed by Donovan Marsh, the sub-based fiction flick seems to be a send up to those military espionage thrillers of the mid-80s and early 90s, back when Tom Clancy was king, Sean Connery could pass for Russian, and military-themed movies had enough sense to shoot for authenticity in addition to technical accuracy.
Those days, well, they’re not gone. But sometimes it feels like in a rush to nail the really big stuff — true-to-life depictions of military maneuvers, arms and equipment, and semi-realistic combat sequences — filmmakers skip over the really simple shit. Like, say, matching the right mottos with their military branches.Which explains why, just 30 seconds into the trailer for Hunter Killer, we see a gung ho Butler rally his sailors with a hearty: “Oorah!”
I really have no idea why King Leonidas didn’t get Spartan kicked by an actual sailor as he or she screamed “THIS IS THE NAVY!”
For those not in the know, that’s not what sailors say — “Oorah” is a Marine thing. What makes it all the more surprising, and odd, is that the Navy actually had a presence on set. The film crew had access to “active-duty submarine subject matter experts,” as well as bases, subs, and other active-duty Navy personnel, according to Military Times’ J.D. Simkins.
Sure, the “Oorah” vs “Hooyah” goof is minor, it does make me wonder what other oversights made it through to the final cut. Assuming that’s the only one, I’m sure Hunter Killer will be a thrill-ride as we join the submarine crew on an explosive trek across the Arctic Ocean on a mission to rescue the president of Russia in order to save the world.
Okay, seeing as that's the plot, I may have to lower my expectations for realism when the movie premieres on October 26.
H/t to J.D. Simkins at Military Times for drawing my attention to the “oorahs” in a Navy submarine flick. Lol, why’d they do that. WHY!?
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At least four American veterans were among a group of eight men arrested by police in Haiti earlier this week for driving without license plates and possessing an arsenal of weaponry and tactical gear.
Police in Port-au-Prince arrested five Americans, two Serbians, and one Haitian man at a police checkpoint on Sunday, according to The Miami-Herald. The men told police they were on a "government mission" but did not specify for which government, according to The Herald.
They also told police that "their boss was going to call their boss," implying that someone high in Haiti's government would vouch for them and secure their release, Herald reporter Jacqueline Charles told NPR.
What they were actually doing or who they were potentially working for remains unclear. A State Department spokesperson told Task & Purpose they were aware that Haitian police arrested a "group of individuals, including some U.S. citizens," but declined to answer whether the men were employed by or operating under contract with the U.S. government.
A top Senate Republican and fierce ally of President Donald Trump reportedly exploded at Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan recently about the U.S. military's plans to withdraw all troops from Syria by the end of April.
"That's the dumbest f******g idea I've ever heard," Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) reportedly replied when Shanahan confirmed the Trump administration still plans to complete the Syria withdrawal by April 30.
Later, Graham told Shanahan, "I am now your adversary, not your friend."
Members of Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 462, Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, and 1st Transportation Support Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group, prepare a seven-ton Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement (MTRV) to be lifted by a CH-53E Super Stallion at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., on Jan. 16, 2019. (U.S. Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Clare J. McIntire)
If you are in the market for any size of military surplus vehicle, keep an eye on GovPlanet. The online auction house is about to start selling U.S. Navy and Marine Corps surplus M1161 ITV Growlers and seven-ton Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement trucks.
Airmen with the 379th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron pump water from a flooded common living area to an area with less impact on the local population, Dec. 13, 2009, in Southwest Asia. (U.S. Air Force/ Staff Sgt. Sharon Singer)