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Santa hitchhikes on a Navy training flight to spread some holiday cheer

Lt. Cmdr. Carey Vincent spreads some holiday joy by playing Santa. (U.S. Navy Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Rebekah Rinckey/TNS)
December 24, 2020

Lt. Cmdr. Carey Vincent, a flight surgeon assigned to Naval Station Norfolk’s Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 2 hopped onto a training flight Saturday to spread some pre-holiday happiness.

The MH-60S Knighthawk did the rounds over Hampton Roads on Saturday at about 500 feet.

Usually, the squadron brings Santa to its hangar to hand out presents to children of the unit’s sailors. The pandemic made that impossible this year, so Vincent tied on on a pillow, donned a red suit and beard — and a flight helmet — before strapping himself in the back of the helicopter.

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