The Navy has had some explaining to do after a giant phallic symbol appeared in the sky over Okanogan County in the state of Washington, apparently drawn by a Navy pilot. BuzzFeed reports that the crew has been grounded after photos of the display made the rounds on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other social media sites.
The report quotes Lt. Cmdr. Leslie Hubbell saying: “The Navy apologizes for this irresponsible and immature act.”
In a separate statement, the Navy said: “We hold our aircrews to the highest standards, and we do find this absolutely unacceptable.” The Navy also said: “There was zero training value in that maneuver and we’re holding the crew accountable.”
The report quotes Vice Admiral Mike Shoemaker of the Naval Air Forces saying: “The American people rightfully expect that those who wear the Wings of Gold exhibit a level of maturity commensurate with the missions and aircraft with which they’ve been entrusted. Naval aviation continually strives to foster an environment of dignity and respect. Sophomoric and immature antics of a sexual nature have no place in Naval aviation today.”