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Godzilla Vs. The US Navy - Coming Soon To A Theater Near You (Video)

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Screen shot from the trailer for "Godzilla"

The San Diego-based aircraft carriers USS Carl Vinson and USS Ronald Reagan both make appearances in the latest movie incarnation of "Godzilla," which stomps its way into theaters May 16.

Capt. Russ Coons of the Navy Office of Information West told the Military Times that the Godzilla crew was allowed to shoot interior and exterior scenes aboard the Vinson, the Reagan, and the USS Nimitz:

“The thematics of the storyline are supported by our core values; and so you see in every instance the honor, courage and commitment of DoD men and women as they realize that certain tactics, techniques and procedures don’t have an effect on their ability to counter the effects of the monster, so they improvise, adapt and overcome.”

"Godzilla" has a crazy-good cast, including Bryan Cranston of "Breaking Bad" fame, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who plays a Navy explosive ordnance disposal technician named Lt. Ford Brody.

Coons anticipates the positive portrayal of the U.S. Navy in the film could help with recruitment:

“Our hope is — the demographics for this audience are roughly 14- to 18-year-old teenagers who are watching movies — they are going to take their family to this film and they’re going to walk out of the theater and say: ‘You know, I never knew the Navy was such a sophisticated, professional organization... maybe it’s something I want to do with my life.’”

Here's a trailer for "Godzilla" that is pretty heavy on the military imagery. Enjoy!

Godzilla movie trailer


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