Sailor to get 'infidel' rifle tattoo re-inked after complaint

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A Royal Canadian Navy sailor with the word “infidel” in the shape of a rifle tattooed on his right arm says he’ll get re-inked pronto.

The sailor understands the concerns raised by the image and plans to put a new tattoo over the existing one as soon as possible, according to Maj. Mark Gough of Maritime Forces Atlantic. The matter is closed and no further action is pending, he said.

The navy member was spotted last month in a Halifax coffee shop and became the subject of a tweet by customer Rob Hutten.

“Saw a navy guy in Tim’s today in uniform & HMCS Fredericton hat sporting a huge ‘INFIDEL’ tattoo on his right arm, stylized in the shape of a machine gun,” Hutten wrote.

“The message is clear, and scary as hell.”

Canadian Forces regulations state “members shall not acquire tattoos that are visible either in military uniform or in civilian clothing that could be deemed to be offensive (e.g., pornographic, blasphemous, racist or containing vulgar language or design) or otherwise reflect discredit on the CAF.”

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