When it comes to naval warfare, America’s aircraft carriers do the heavy lifting- and apparently, so do carrier ship captains.
Such was the case earlier this month, when a video was posted of Captain Pat “Fin” Hannifin, commander of the USS Ronald Reagan, benching 315 pounds without a warmup.
“Your CO < Our CO,” read the caption of the video, which was posted to Facebook by Rafael Pena III, a sailor aboard CVN-76.
Captain “Fin” can be seen lifting the weights with no look of strain whatsoever, earning himself a loud roar of cheering from his crew.
According to his Navy bio, Captain Hannifin was commissioned in May of 1991, attending flight school the following year. Flying F/A-18C Hornets and serving other duties, he was eventually selected for US Air Force Test Pilot School in 1998.
Hannifin has over 2,800 hours of flight time in 33 different aircraft, of which approximately 2,300 are in the F/A-18. His awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medals, Navy Commendation Medals, an Air Medal Strike/Flight Award, and selection as Naval Strike Aircraft Test Squadron’s Test Pilot of the Year in 2000.
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