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US Navy mocked over gun blunder (PHOTO)

Social media users have ridiculed a photo of a ship commander firing a rifle with the scope mounted backwards

A US Navy social media post has gone awry, drawing online mockery over a photo showing a senior officer shooting an assault rifle with a backwards-mounted scope and the lens cap still attached.

The since-deleted photo, which was posted earlier this week on the Navy’s official social media accounts, showed Commander Camerone Yaste firing an M4 carbine from the deck of the USS John S. McCain guided-missile destroyer. The scope is mounted backwards, with the lens cap still on, and Yaste is holding the rifle incorrectly.

The picture was captioned: “From engaging in practice gun shoots, conducting maintenance, testing fuel purity and participating in sea and anchor details, the US Navy is always ready to serve and protect.”  

Online critics ridiculed the gaffe. “We’re going to lose a major war,” one X (formerly Twitter) user said. “We probably should start learning Chinese,” another observer replied.

“we’re going to lose a major war”

— Dr. Chiyoda (@DaikanyamaGuy) April 9, 2024

Users also mockingly shared what appeared to be now-deleted posts from other US military branches.

The the @SpaceForceDoD trolling. Thanks for the photo @seantannehill pic.twitter.com/BCo1NUcsoE

— Stolen Valor (@StolenValor1) April 11, 2024

US Representative Mike Collins (R-Georgia) posted a picture of a semi-automatic pistol with the slide and barrel turned backwards. “Navy’s newly issued sidearm,” he said in the caption for his X post.

Navy’s newly issued sidearm. pic.twitter.com/eVrw44Ae3k

— Rep. Mike Collins (@RepMikeCollins) April 10, 2024

After the photo of Yaste was taken down, an updated US Navy message on Facebook said, “Thank you for pointing out our rifle scope error in the previous post. Picture has been removed until EMI (extra military instruction) is completed.”


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