If you watched last week’s Democratic National Convention, you may recall that during its final evening a retired Navy four-star naval admiral took the stage to pay tribute to U.S. military veterans. As he gave a patriotic tribute to our servicemen, four giant warships were projected on the big screens behind him.
Sounds nice, except for one big mistake: they were Russian warships.
Navy Times reports that, indeed, the four ships displayed behind retired Adm. John Nathman during his tribute were ships from the Russian Federation Navy — possibly its Black Sea Fleet in particular.
“The ships are definitely Russian,” naval author Norman Polmar told the military publication. “There’s no question of that in my mind.”
The DNC has yet to issue a statement on the flub, telling the Navy Times that they first need to track down the responsible personnel to find out what happened.
The veteran who first spotted the error was Rob Barker, a former Naval electronics warfare technician. Part of his previous job involved identifying foreign ships solely by their radars, and so he was able to easily recognize this particular fleet as Russian.
“I was kind of in shock,” he said.
[h/t Reason 24/7]
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