Republican Brian Mast of Florida wished the US Navy a “happy birthday” with a picture of a Russian military ship in a social media post.
As told by Newsweek, Mast in fact uploaded on Twitter a battlecruiser stock image with the message “Happy Birthday U.S. Navy” and signed the picture with his name on Oct. 13, 2019 as the force celebrated its 244th birthday.
Little did Mast (a US Army veteran and Purple Heart recipient) know that that the ship was not part of the US Navy’s fleet, but the Russian battlecruiser Pyotr Velikiy, as Politico journalist Dave Brown first pointed out.
“That’s the Russian battlecruiser Pyotr Velikiy,” Brown tweeted.
Mast quickly removed the picture from his Twitter account after journalists and social media users identified the ship yesterday
Chris Cavas, a naval warfare journalist, further confirmed the ship’s identity. He said: “Great to see so many US #Navy #birthday wishes on Twitter today. I’ve seen pics of Dutch, Australian and French ships and more, but this one is the best.”
Other Twitter users were quick to jump on the mistake and mock the Republican veteran.
“This is even better than the *other* Florida Man Legislator, @mattgaetz, putting Navy fighters in his “Happy birthday, Air Force” video a few weeks back,” said U.S. Naval Institute’s Proceedings Podcast co-host Ward Carroll. “These guys love the troops SO much.”
Florida Rep. Mast replaced his earlier post with another birthday message. Sharing an official US Navy post, the congressman said: “Happy birthday to the US Navy! To the men and women who serve to keep our waters safe, we thank you.”
He is serving his second term in the House of Representatives and is a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee.
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