GOP Rep Celebrates US Navy With Russian Warship

From the military blog Task & Purpose:

On Sunday, the official Twitter account of Rep. Brian Mast (R-Fla.), a decorated Army staff sergeant and freshman congressman from Florida’s 18th district, posted what was probably intended as a simple birthday message to the U.S. Navy featuring an imposing warship contrasted against a vanilla sky.

Unfortunately, the unlucky staffer who likely produced the image clearly doesn’t know their hulls well, because the warship included in the photo isn’t a Navy vessel.

No, that’s the Russian battlecruiser Pyotr Velikiy, the Kirov-class battlecruiser originally named for Yuri Andropov, the former General Secretary of the Communist Party during the late Soviet Union.