The new Disney+ streaming series, “The Mandalorian” has so permeated American culture that The U.S. Army has named an M1 Abrams tank after one of its characters.
The Star Wars-inspired series debuted only in November of last year, but its first eight episodes have already generated a cult-like following, particularly for the “Child” which viewers and fans have dubbed “Baby Yoda” for its resemblance to the famed Jedi master.
NBC News reports “The character has proven to be mightily adaptable, cropping up in memes involving Pope Francis, the “OK Boomer” catchphrase, the IKEA Monkey, the “Distracted Boyfriend” stock image, and Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman.” The other virtues of “The Mandalorian” have arguably been overshadowed by the sheer volume of internet content about Baby Yoda.”
Per American Military News, the practice of naming U.S. Army vehicles isn’t new, but we’re pretty sure the Army hasn’t gone as “cute” in the past.
Now Baby Yoda is part of The Force here on earth. This week the official U.S. Army Twitter account posted a picture of its Baby Yoda – an M1 Abrams tank.
#MayTheForceBeWithYou!@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 (@USArmy) February 20, 2020
Photo by Pfc. Daniel Alkana#Ready2Fight pic.twitter.com/mx5EIVEEIH
The character has inspired a ton of internet chatter regarding its age, identity and where it fits into the Star Wars universe and mythology.
Here’s a crash course on Baby Yoda’s role on The Mandalorian.
The Army has chosen other intriguing names for its vehicles. For example, there’s Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, which belongs to the 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment.
"If you smell what America's Tank Division is cooking!"— 1st Armored Division (@1stArmoredDiv) March 12, 2019
Shoutout to the #IronSoldiers assigned to the @Blackhawk_SQDN for naming one of their tanks in homage to the @TheRock.
Hopefully the "People's Champ" will see it and give you guys a shoutout and a retweet!#TuesdayThoughts pic.twitter.com/xMm2aKBArS
And Chuck Norris, an M1A2 Abrams tank kickin’ it for the 1st Cavalry Division.
This afternoon, #IRONHORSE Troopers from 2-8 CAV had the honor to work with THE Chuck Norris. He came to Fort Hood to film a show that will feature the M1A2 Abrams tank. It was our pleasure to host this production. We’ll keep you posted when the episode will air! #LiveTheLegend pic.twitter.com/qAIKg2Is62— 1st Cavalry Division (@1stCavalryDiv) May 15, 2019
Baby Yoda will take part in a loading/unloading exercise as part of the the DefenderEurope 20 military exercise in Poland.
Soldiers assigned to 🇺🇸 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team @SpartanBrigade, 3rd Infantry Division loaded vehicles and equipment onto @ARCships vessels for shipment to Europe at the Port of Savannah in the period Feb. 10-12, 2020, in preparation for the #DefenderEurope 20 exercise. pic.twitter.com/f5X24QVIHK— Baltic Security (@balt_security) February 18, 2020
Kick butt, it will.