A movie crew is currently aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier off the coast of Virginia filming flying sequences for the “Top Gun” sequel starring Tom Cruise, according to the US Navy.
Cruise and his fellow actors are not on board the Nimitz-class carrier at this time, a Navy official said.
“The Navy is supporting one shoot this week aboard USS Abraham Lincoln, per a Production Assistance Agreement signed by Paramount (Pictures) and the Department of Defense,” service spokesperson Lt. Cdr. Daniel Day told 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,” he said.
The Navy declined to provide specifics about the exact role the service will play in supporting production but one official did tell CNN that US Naval aviators will be flying in the movie.
Paramount Pictures will reimburse the Navy for any costs associated with flying sequences that do not meet training objectives, Day added.