On the last day of the Democratic National Convention, a retired Navy four-star honored the country's veterans with a moving speech. Photos of our capable warships, coupled with a number of what appear to be U.S. trainer jets, completed the message.
The only problem? According to the Navy Times, the "stirring backdrop" in fact depicted Russian warships.
The Navy Times relates:
“The ships are definitely Russian,” said noted naval author Norman Polmar after reviewing hi-resolution photos from the event. “There’s no question of that in my mind.”
Naval experts concluded the background was a photo composite of Russian ships that were overflown by what appear to be U.S. trainer jets. It remains unclear how or why the Democratic Party used what’s believed to be images of the Russian Black Sea Fleet at their convention.
A spokesman for the Democratic National Convention Committee was not able to immediately comment Tuesday, saying he had to track down personnel to find out what had happened.
The veteran who spotted the error and notified Navy Times said he was immediately taken aback.
“I was kind of in shock,” said Rob Barker, 38, a former electronics warfare technician who left the Navy in 2006. Having learned to visually identify foreign ships by their radars, Barker recognized the closest ship as the Kara-class cruiser Kerch.
“An immediate apology [from the committee] would be very nice,” Barker said. “Maybe acknowledge the fact that yes, they screwed up.”
The Navy Times has more details on how the ships are identified in its article, but they assert: "the fact they are Russian ships is not in doubt."
"In addition to the ship’s radar arrays and hulls, which are dissimilar from U.S. warships, the photo features one more give-away: a large white flag with a blue ‘X’ at the ships’ sterns," the Navy Times writes.
In U.S. warships, it adds, an American flag would be seen.
“These four ships, at the time the photo was taken, constituted the entire major surface combatant component of the Black Sea Fleet,” Baker commented, noting that the photo is likely to be six years or older.
One commenter noted that DNC members managed to insult God, Jerusalem and now, it seems, they have "honored" our troops with a Russian backdrop.
(H/T: Navy Times)