Florida Republican Rep. Brian Mast mistakenly used a picture of a Russian warship in a tweet celebrating the 244th birthday of the U.S. Navy.
The tweet shared from the former Army staff sergeant’s account featured the Pyotr Velikiy, a Kirov-class battlecruiser in the Russian navy, reports The Hill.
Mast deleted the tweet after some members of the media pointed out the error.
“Happy birthday to the US Navy! To the men and women who serve to keep our waters safe, we thank you,” Mast, who represents Florida’s 18th Congressional District, said on Twitter after deleting the initial post.
That's the Russian battlecruiser Pyotr Velikiy pic.twitter.com/FJKsRYU1g0
— Dave Brown (@dave_brown24) October 13, 2019
Task & Purpose noted that an image of the Pyotr Velikiy is the first result when searching “warship” on the stock photography website Shutterstock.