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US Army shows off ‘Baby Yoda’ M1 Abrams tank

3rd Infantry M1 Abrams armored track vehicles are aligned and ready for inventory after loading operations concluded on the American Roll-On Roll-Off vessel, for DefenderEurope 20 in Savannah, Ga. (U.S. Army Photo by Pfc. Daniel Alkana)
February 20, 2020

The U.S. military practice of naming its vehicles is not a new practice, but the U.S. Army was proud enough to share it’s latest tank’s name with the world.

In a Wednesday tweet, the official U.S. Army Twitter account posted a picture of “Baby Yoda” – an M1 Abrams tank.

“Baby Yoda” is one of the 3rd Infantry’s M1 Abrams tanks. The name is a reference to the Mandalorian Disney+ show character referred to as “Baby Yoda.”

Other U.S. military vehicle names have drawn intrigue in the past.

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WWE wrestler turned movie-star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was the namesake for another U.S. Army tank, which belongs to the 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment.

The U.S. Army’s 1st Cavalry Division also named one of its M1A2 Abrams tanks after movie-star Chuck Norris, after Norris went to Fort Hood, Texas to film a show featuring the tank.

“Baby Yoda” was pictured after participating in an exercise to test the unit’s ability to load and unload vehicles from a vessel as part of the DefenderEurope 20 military exercise.

The DefenderEurope 20 exercise entails the deployment of a division-sized combat force to Europe, departing from the port in Savannah, Georgia.