NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Is this your idea of fun, Mav?

Production on the sequel for “Top Gun” will include the Norfolk-based aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln — as well as Carrier Air Wing Seven.

Star Tom Cruise announced the start of production in late-May with a photo on Instagram that featured the words “Feel The Need.” This comes from one of the more frequently-quoted lines in “Top Gun”: “I feel the need, the need for speed.” 

Cmdr. Dave Hecht with Naval Air Force Atlantic confirmed Tuesday that a 15-person crew from Paramount and Bruckheimer Films will be aboard USS Abraham Lincoln through Aug. 25 to shoot flight deck operations.

Hecht said the crew will be getting footage of F/A-18 carrier qualification take offs and landings during the shoot. Neither Cruise nor any of the other actors will be aboard the aircraft carrier for the shoot.



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The 1986 original was credited for helping boost service sign-ups following its release.

Hecht said the following in his statement Tuesday:

“Top Gun inspired countless men and women to volunteer to protect and defend our country as Naval aviators and the crew of USS Abraham Lincoln are excited to play a small role in bringing this story back to the silver screen and inspiring another generation to serve in the world’s finest Navy.”

The sequel, which is entitled “Top Gun: Maverick”, is scheduled to be released July 12, 2019. 

It will feature Cruise reprising his role as Pete “Maverick” Mitchell and Miles Teller, who is said to be playing the son of Goose — Maverick’s co-pilot in the original film.

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