Navy Skewered For Posting Picture Of Ship Commander Mishandling Rifle, Using Backwards Scope

The US Navy faced a barrage of criticism and attacks on social media after a photo was posted on its official social media account depicting a captain appearing to fire a rifle with a scope mounted backwards.

The Navy hastily deleted the commander’s photo.Captain Cameron Yaste of the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer was shot at a target with an M4 carbine with Trijicon VCOG optics mounted backwards, with the firearm improperly placed on his body and with the cap on, official social media reported. After posting the image you want to Archive version Shows photos available on the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service website. Official U.S. government social media accounts, military influencers, media outlets, sailors, and ordinary social media users mocked the now-deleted photo.

“Thank you for pointing out the rifle scope mistake in the previous post. Photo removed until EMI is complete!” Updated post said. (Related article: Navy orders ‘deep dive’ in readiness after significant delay in ship deployment)

“EMI” stands for Extra-Military Instruction and refers to non-punitive measures aimed at correcting specific deficiencies in the performance of military personnel. according to Instructing the Navy.

Hours later, other military branches posted photos on their social media accounts showing Marines and soldiers correctly firing their rifles with barbed captions aimed at exploiting the Navy’s latest blunder. did.

The Marine Corps, which operates under the Department of the Navy, of the title In an Instagram post on Wednesday, they posted a tongue-in-cheek response: “Clear Sight Picture,” referring to the backwards-mounted scope.

“Whoever posted this knew they were casting a shadow on the Navy,” one of the top comments read at the time of writing. Stolen Valor is an account belonging to his website that identifies people who have publicly lied about their work records. Posted About the Marines trolling the Navy on X (formerly Twitter).

At Friday worship, follow up A similar post shows a Marine with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) looking through the sights of an M27 rifle equipped with a scope-like type like the one mounted on Yaste’s firearm. . The cap is removed and you can see the scope pointing in the right direction and magnifying the target.

15th MEU’s official Instagram account commented on the post, saying, “Great optics.”

National Guard I participated Amid ridicule, Wednesday’s post was captioned with a side-eye emoji, which is typically used “to draw attention to something the user wants to emphasize, especially in situations involving drama or interpersonal tension.” according to Go to

Anonymous sailors who frequent Navy-centric subreddits Discussed Who should be held responsible for the “embarrassing” photo: the gunner’s mate who was on board the ship, or the Naval Public Affairs Office (PAO) headquarters? They also mocked Yaste himself, speculating that someone had tossed a brass cartridge into the air for a photo op and that Yaste had not actually fired the rifle.

Blog-Format Military News Outlet Mission and Objectives I participated It pokes fun at the Navy, placing photos next to accurate depictions of Marines firing automatic weapons and asking readers to spot the differences. Commenters pointed out the backwards orientation of the scope and the position of Yaste’s “chicken arm.”

Even Not The Bee is the real news blog arm of the satirical site The Babylon Bee. picked up “The Navy quickly removed the post and replaced it with this status with a large L around it,” the article says.

and Zachary Bell, a Marine who runs the popular Veteran With A Sign campaign and social media accounts. I lamented Naval failure against X.

“Maybe there are different rules in the ocean,” he wrote in a reply to a comment under X’s post.

Dear Mom, I’m Dead, Military Comedy Account ‘Touched’ Images turn over In the Instagram reel, he held a gun aimed at Yaste’s back.

The Navy’s now-eliminated positions come after a difficult week after a secretary-led report released April 3 found the Navy’s top shipbuilding program is one to three years behind schedule. passed through.

The photo was taken on March 24 by a media team attached to the aircraft carrier USS John S. McCain, which is serving with the U.S. 7th Fleet in the Indo-Pacific region, according to the caption below the archived photo. That’s what it means. (Related: While eyeing the Middle East, the US Navy keeps an eye on China near Taiwan)

“Commander. Cameron Yast, commander of the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56), fires at ‘Killer Tomato’ during gunfire,” the caption reads.

Yaste is a graduate of The Citadel and received his commission as an officer in 2006. according to to his biography. He previously served as division officer on the USS Bataan, weapons and executive officer on the Patrol Coastal Crew Hotel, combat systems and weapons officer on the USS Hopper, and executive officer on the McCain.

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