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Hilarious Video Shows Navy Carrier Officers Having Way Too Much Fun Launching Aircraft
You wouldn't think listening to 'Gangnam Style' would make much sense during U.S. Navy carrier flight deck operations, but about a dozen catapult officers have proven us all wrong.
Our friend Doctrine Man reposted a video to his Facebook page on Wednesday set to the K-pop hit showing various Navy lieutenants in action, dancing, hopping and doing various other moves in the process of launching different aircraft off the ship (it wasn't clear when or where the footage was taken).
The video is pretty hilarious and probably brought a smile to the pilots watching and waiting for their turn to launch. While it may seem like these guys are just doing random dance moves that don't make sense, they are, in fact, conveying precise instructions in their hand movements — albeit with some added flare.
You can see various catapult officers dancing around while waving a finger around in the air, instructing the pilot to spin up the engine, or they're returning a salute to the pilot — telling him he understands the pilot is ready to launch. Then, of course, there is the launch signal, in which the catapult officer turns in the direction of where the aircraft will go, touches the deck, then brings his hand to horizontal.
The dancing and celebration afterward, however, isn't in the manual.
Search efforts are underway to find a West Point cadet, who has gone missing along with his M4 carbine, the U.S. Military Academy announced on Sunday.
"There is no indication the Cadet poses a threat to the public, but he may be a danger to himself," a West Point news release says.
Academy officials do not believe the missing cadet has access to any magazines or ammunition, according to the news release, which did not identify the cadet, who is a member of the Class of 2021.
Three soldiers were killed and another three injured when their Bradley Fighting Vehicle rolled over during a training exercise at Fort Stewart in Georgia on Sunday morning, Army officials announced.
KABUL (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper arrived in Afghanistan on Sunday in a bid to bring talks with the Taliban back on track after President Donald Trump abruptly broke off negotiations last month seeking to end the United States' longest war.
Esper's trip to Kabul comes amid questions about the United States' commitments to allies after a sudden withdrawal of U.S. troops from northeastern Syria and Trump's long-time desire to get out of foreign engagements.
Mark Esper is the third person after James Mattis and Patrick Shanahan to helm the Pentagon since Donald Trump became president, and he's apparently not making much of an impression on the commander-and-chief.
On Sunday, Trump sent a very real tweet on "Secretary Esperanto," which is either a reference to a constructed international language developed more than 130 years ago and only spoken on the PA system in Gattaca or an egregious instance of autocorrect.
This rifle could be a dark horse candidate for the Army's next-generation squad weapon — and you can snag one next year
The Army says it's settled on three defense contractors to battle it out to become the service's M4 carbine and M249 Squad Automatic Weapon replacements, but at least one other company is hoping that a bit of consumer approval could help upset the competition.