Navy Skywriting
United States Navy officials said it was holding the crew members responsible for obscene skydrawing responsible. Twitter

The Navy on Friday apologized on behalf of a pilot who drew a huge penis in the sky, causing huge embarrassment to his department. In a statement, the Navy said that there is “zero training value” in drawing obscene images in the sky.

The Navy said they faced huge embarrassment after the residents of the Okanogan County in Washington noticed a huge penis-like drawing in the sky Thursday, after which they raised a concern with the Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.

In a statement, Navy spokesperson Lt. Cmdr. Leslie Hubbell said: "U.S. Navy aircrew, flying an F/A-18 Growler (Electronic Attack Aircraft) assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron 130 based at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash., flew an air pattern over Okanogan County, Washington, on Thursday, November 16, that left a condensed air trail resembling an obscene image to observers on the ground."

"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,” he added.

Vice Admiral Mike Shoemaker too expressed displeasure and criticized the actions of the pilot. He also assured people that the Navy would investigate the incident.

In a written statement, Shoemaker said: “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. This event clearly stands in stark contrast to the way our aviators and sailors are performing with the utmost professionalism, discipline, and excellence from our carrier flight decks and expeditionary airfields around the world today.”

However, the names of the aircrew have not been released by the Navy, the Guardian reported.

Meanwhile, the Federal Aviation Commission said there was not much they could do about the incident. Responding to the pilot’s obscene act, the agency said unless the pilot poses a safety risk, there is nothing that they can do.

“We cannot police morality,” the agency said.

This is not the first time a pilot has landed in an embarrassing situation. Back in 2014, a pilot of the Royal Air Force (RAF) jet drew a similar penis-like drawing in the sky while flying over Scotland. However, the RAF later dismissed the incident saying that the smoke trails in the sky were caused after the pilot tried to hold the airplane in the sky while waiting to land.