In 1986 a Navy helicopter was sent to touch down on Big John’s deck to drop off "urgent paperwork" but when the bird landed on the warship they dropped off something no one was expecting... three greased pigs painted red, white and blue.
"It is nearly unthinkable pulling off such a stunt today. Not only would the Navy conduct a months-long investigation, after which heads would probably roll, but PETA would also not be to happy. All this adds up to attention that the Navy will clearly tell you they don’t need.
Times have really changed in the Navy. It is a far more “corporate force” than it was in its past. The Tailhook scandal and other embarrassing events have diluted the Navy’s frat-boy culture" - Tyler Rogoway, Foxtrot Alpha