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US Army names cannon after coronavirus – here’s the picture

The U.S. Army 1st Armored Division named one of its artillery pieces "CORONA VIRUS" after the global coronavirus pandemic. (1st Armored Division, U.S. Army photo/Released)
March 18, 2020

In keeping with a history of naming weapons and vehicles after deadly adversaries, the U.S. Army 1st Armored Division has recently named one of its cannons “CORONAVIRUS,” after the deadly global pandemic that continues to spread.

The Fort Bliss, Texas-based unit shared a photo of the cannon over the weekend on Twitter. Task & Purpose was the first to report on the 1st Armored Division’s picture on Saturday.

The newly dubbed cannon appeared to be the 155 mm main gun on an M109 self-propelled howitzer, a tracked artillery piece.

The 1st Armored Division showed off some of its other firepower in recent tweets, including this slow-motion footage of a 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division tank firing its main gun during training.

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The 1st Armored Division has had some fun with naming their armored vehicles in the past. 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, named one of their tanks “Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson” after the WWE wrestler turned movie star.

The U.S. Army’s 3rd Infantry recently named one of their M1 Abrams tanks “Baby Yoda” after a popular Star Wars television series character commonly referred to by the same name.

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

The recent coronavirus outbreak, COVID-19, has resulted in over 200,000 cases globally and 8,724 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University’s case tracking map.