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The Navy Is Apologizing After One Of Its Pilots Drew A Penis In The Sky

The Navy said there was "zero training value in that maneuver." The crew has been grounded.

Last updated on November 17, 2017, at 4:32 p.m. ET

Posted on November 17, 2017, at 11:59 a.m. ET

Navy officials have confirmed that a giant penis that appeared in the sky over Okanogan County in Washington state on Thursday was indeed drawn by its pilots.

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Many local residents spotted the phallic skywriting, and some posted pictures of it on social media.

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"The Navy apologizes for this irresponsible and immature act," Lt. Cmdr. Leslie Hubbell told BuzzFeed News. Hubbell also confirmed the crew had been grounded for the stunt.

Some pilots at NAS Whidbey did some sky writing today. 🤦🏻‍♂️

"We hold our aircrews to the highest standards, and we do find this absolutely unacceptable," the Navy said in another statement.

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"There was zero training value in that maneuver and we’re holding the crew accountable."

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Vice Admiral Mike Shoemaker of the Naval Air Forces said the incident "stands in stark contrast" to how crew are expected to behave.

"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," he said. "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."