American Navy gets ridiculed over gun blunder


(MENAFN) A recent social media
post by the United States Navy has ignited a wave of online mockery, drawing attention to a glaring mistake captured in a photo shared on the Navy's official accounts. The now-deleted image featured Commander Camerone Yaste, positioned on the deck of the USS John S. McCain guided-missile destroyer, purportedly engaged in a routine gun shoot. However, what caught the attention of online critics was the egregious error evident in the photo: Yaste was depicted firing an M4 carbine with a backwards-mounted scope, and to add to the blunder, the lens cap was still attached. The image, accompanied by a caption touting the Navy's readiness to serve and protect, quickly became the subject of ridicule across social media
platforms.

The gaffe did not go unnoticed, as users took to various online forums to mock the Navy's misstep. Comments ranging from sarcastic jabs to genuine concern about the competence of the military surfaced, with one individual lamenting, "We're going to lose a major war," while another quipped, "We probably should start learning Chinese." Additionally, users circulated purportedly deleted posts from other branches of the US military, further exacerbating the embarrassment.

United States Representative Mike Collins (R-Georgia) even joined the fray, sharing a tongue-in-cheek post featuring a semi-automatic pistol with its slide and barrel turned backwards, humorously dubbing it the "Navy's newly issued sidearm." The widespread attention garnered by the erroneous photo prompted swift action from the Navy, which promptly removed the image from its social media
platforms.

In a subsequent message posted on Facebook, the United States Navy acknowledged the error and expressed gratitude for those who brought it to their attention. The message assured followers that the photo had been removed pending further action, including "extra military instruction" to address the oversight.

The incident serves as a reminder of the power of social media
and the scrutiny under which organizations, including the military, operate in the digital age. While the blunder may have elicited laughs and raised eyebrows, it also underscores the importance of attention to detail and accuracy, especially when representing an institution as esteemed and consequential as the United States Navy. As the Navy works to rectify the misstep, the episode serves as a cautionary tale for the pitfalls of online engagement and the need for vigilance in maintaining professional standards, even in the virtual realm.

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