PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — In the midst of one of the biggest political gatherings of the election cycle, the Democratic Party made a huge mistake during a tribute to veterans at their national convention. When showing a slideshow demonstrating American military might, someone accidentally included a photo of Russian ships.
“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.”
He was able to identify the nationality of the ships by their distinct markings. “The X is the Cross of St. Andrew’s, which is a Russian Navy symbol,” Polmar said.
“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 identified the closest ship as the Kara-class cruiser Kerch in an interview with the Military Times.
“An immediate apology [from the committee] would be very nice,” Barker said. “Maybe acknowledge the fact that yes, they screwed up.”
No acknowledgement has been made yet by the DNC
The full original report, as well as the photos, can be seen on the Military Times website linked below.