The US Navy issues a formal apology after one of its warplanes flew the unusual air pattern in skies over Washington state.
An official from Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island acknowledged a Navy E/A-18 Growler warplane was responsible for the “immature act” on Friday.
The air crew have been grounded while an investigation is carried out.
Vice Admiral Mike Shoemaker, the commander of Naval Air Forces said: “The Navy holds its aircrew to the highest standards and we find this absolutely unacceptable, of zero training value and we are holding the crew accountable”.
“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.”