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Republican Congressman Gets Dragged for Using a Photo of a Russian Battle Cruiser in U.S. Navy Birthday Post

UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 20: Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla., conducts a news conference in the Capitol Visitor Center on the eviction of Congressional offices from Veterans Affairs Department facilities on Friday, September 20, 2019. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

The United States Navy celebrated its 244th birthday on Sunday, and while lawmakers on both sides of the aisle sent their well-wishes, one tweet from Congressman Brian Mast (R-FL) stood out for all the wrong reasons.

Mast tweeted his birthday wishes, but promptly deleted the tweet after Politico's Dave Brown noticed something was off.


Yup. The ship tweeted by Mast was actually a Russian battlecruiser Pyotr Velikiy, which still remains in active service.

Mast soon replaced the tweet, opting to simply retweet the U.S. Navy's official account instead.

Predictably, it was too late.

However, naval warfare journalist Chris Cavas soon assured that the gaffe is more common than some may think.

Awkward.