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Navy disciplines two aviators following obscene images drawn in skies over Okanogan Co.

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UPDATE: 2:20 p.m. December 1, 2017

The Navy’s “Air Boss,” Vice Adm. Mike Shoemaker, has disciplined two aviators involved in a Nov. 15 incident of phallic skywriting in Washington.

The unnamed male pilot and his backseat aviator from the “Zappers” of Electronic Attack Squadron 130 at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Washington, received administrative punishment on Nov. 22 following a Field Naval Aviator Evaluation Board hearing on North Island before Shoemaker.

While the specific punishment was not made public as it was meted out in an administrative proceeding, an official told Military.com that the individuals were permitted to retain their status as aviators.

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UPDATE: 1:25pm November 17, 2017

The Navy just released an additional statement on the incident: 

"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.  We will investigate this incident to get all the facts and act accordingly.

This event clearly stands in stark contrast to the way our aviators and Sailors are performing with utmost professionalism, discipline and excellence from our carrier flight decks and expeditionary airfields around the world today."

Previous Coverage: 

Many people in Okanogan County looked up to the sky this week to see an unmistakably phallic symbol drawn in the sky. 

I can picture the Austin Powers bit now. 

The people of Omak looking up at the sky and seeing a giant (Fill in the blank innuendo here) just like in 1999's Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. If you're unfamiliar, I'll save you a Google search. Click HERE. 

A simple, yet effectively funny joke in the movie.

Except the U.S. Navy doesn't see humor in the real-life version. At all. 

The U.S. Navy wants to apologize for the "irresponsible and immature act." 

In an updated statement released Friday morning, The Navy said, 

"The Officers and Sailors of the United States Navy are professionals, held to the highest standards, while serving our nation with pride around world. The actions of this aircrew were wholly unacceptable and antithetical to Navy core values. We have grounded the aircrew and are conducting a thorough investigation - and we will hold those responsible accountable for their actions. The Navy apologizes for this irresponsible and immature act.

The Navy apologizes to anyone who was offended by this unacceptable action.

An investigation into this flight will be conducted and if appropriate, the aviator(s) responsible will be held accountable."

Perhaps the kid from American Vandal graduated and enlisted in the Navy? Probably not. The sky drawing was missing one key element. Watch the series on Netflix if you're not familiar. 

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