Top Gun 2 films on US aircraft carrier

Joseph Kosinski’s sequel to Tom Cruise’s 1980s action movie Top Gun has filmed on a US aircraft carrier off the coast of Virginia.

Joseph Kosinski’s sequel to Tom Cruise’s 1980s action movie Top Gun has filmed on a US aircraft carrier off the coast of Virginia.

Top Gun: Maverick takes its name from the Navy call-sign allocated to Cruise’s character Pete Mitchell in the original film. Cruise returns to the role that made him a star.

Top Gun 2 films on US aircraft carrier
Top Gun 2

“The Navy is supporting one shoot this week aboard USS Abraham Lincoln, per a production assistance agreement signed by Paramount and the Department of Defense,” said lieutenant commander Daniel Day in comments to CNN.

“Our priority will always be warfighting and training combat-ready naval aviation forces. That being said, we believe we can support the film and simultaneously achieve training objectives.”

Production on the Top Gun sequel started in June – promoted by Cruise via social media – and has secured filming incentive support to shoot in California. Early location work included shoot days at Naval Air Station North Island in Coronado in San Diego Bay.

The US military frequently facilitates movie production, having long recognised the potential benefits of its personnel being portrayed positively on screen.

Indeed, the original Top Gun prompted a surge in recruitment in the mid-1980s, something that the US Navy will be acutely aware of as the new film moves through its production schedule.

Image: Paramount Pictures/Tom Cruise/Twitter

Top Gun 2 films on US aircraft carrier
Top Gun 2

Joseph Kosinski’s sequel to Tom Cruise’s 1980s action movie Top Gun has filmed on a US aircraft carrier off the coast of Virginia.

Top Gun: Maverick takes its name from the Navy call-sign allocated to Cruise’s character Pete Mitchell in the original film. Cruise returns to the role that made him a star.

“The Navy is supporting one shoot this week aboard USS Abraham Lincoln, per a production assistance agreement signed by Paramount and the Department of Defense,” said lieutenant commander Daniel Day in comments to CNN.

“Our priority will always be warfighting and training combat-ready naval aviation forces. That being said, we believe we can support the film and simultaneously achieve training objectives.”

Production on the Top Gun sequel started in June – promoted by Cruise via social media – and has secured filming incentive support to shoot in California. Early location work included shoot days at Naval Air Station North Island in Coronado in San Diego Bay.

The US military frequently facilitates movie production, having long recognised the potential benefits of its personnel being portrayed positively on screen.

Indeed, the original Top Gun prompted a surge in recruitment in the mid-1980s, something that the US Navy will be acutely aware of as the new film moves through its production schedule.

Image: Paramount Pictures/Tom Cruise/Twitter

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