How would the Navy handle Godzilla? “Successfully!” says Secretary Mabus

When watching the new “Godzilla” reboot – out Friday – one can’t help but ask, “How would we go about beating a gigantic reptile terrorizing a major U.S. city?” (In this version, those cities are Las Vegas, Honolulu and San Francisco.) Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus said he was posed just that question by a sailor a couple weeks ago.

“I said, ‘Successfully!’” Mabus laughingly told Whispers at a special screening Wednesday for “Godzilla” at the Uptown Theater in Washington, D.C. “No, we don’t have any plans for that. But we can handle whatever comes over the horizon and I think that’s one of the messages of this movie.”

The Navy, under the umbrella of the Department of Defense, cooperated with “Godzilla” filmmakers in the making of the big-budget creature feature. According to director Gareth Edwards, he and his crew had access to aircraft carriers and real soldiers and sailors who played extras in the film, which has the U.S. military scrambling to contain a dinosaur-ic struggle between Godzilla and two enormous, insect-like creatures known as MUTOs, or Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organisms.