Top U.S. Navy YouTube Videos of 2015

As we countdown to 2016, we’re looking back at 2015. These were the most watched videos posted on the Navy’s YouTube Channel in 2015:

Fifth Most Watched U.S. Navy YouTube Video


OVER THE SOUTH CHINA SEA (May 20, 2015) Sailors assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 45 conducted flight operations aboard a P-8A Poseidon over the South China Sea. During the flight, the crew of the P-8A documented several warnings, issued by China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), to leave the area. The mission documented the continued expansion of reefs which have been turned into man-made islands with airport infrastructure in the South China Sea. VP-45 was on deployment supporting U.S. 7th Fleet operations in the Pacific. (U.S. Navy video/Released)


Fourth Most Watched U.S. Navy YouTube Video


ATLANTIC OCEAN (Dec. 7, 2015) The future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) was underway for the first time conducting at-sea tests and trials in the Atlantic Ocean. The multi-mission ship will provide independent forward presence and deterrence, support special operations forces, and operate as an integral part of joint and combined expeditionary forces. (U.S. Navy video courtesy of General Dynamics Bath Iron Works/Released)


Third Most Watched U.S. Navy YouTube Video


NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (June 5, 2015) U.S. Navy Sailors, civilian employees and contractors observed a “dead-load” test of the new electromagnetic aircraft launching system (EMALS) aboard Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). The weighted sled was launched into the James River where it was recovered for additional test launches. (U.S. Navy video/Released)


Second Most Watched U.S. Navy YouTube Video


NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (June 16, 2015) Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) conducted dead-load testing of the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS). (U.S. Navy video/Released)


The Most Watched U.S. Navy YouTube Video


NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN (Oct. 20, 2015) The Arleigh Burke-Class guided missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) successfully intercepted a ballistic missile target during the Maritime Theater Missile Defense (MTMD) Forum’s At Sea Demonstration (ASD). This was the first time a Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IA guided interceptor was fired on a non-U.S. range and the first intercept of a ballistic missile threat in the European theater. (U.S. Navy video/Released)

Editor’s note: A view was calculated to be a minimum of 30 seconds as of Dec. 28, 2015.