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.
That's the Russian battlecruiser Pyotr Velikiy pic.twitter.com/FJKsRYU1g0
— Dave Brown (@dave_brown24) October 13, 2019
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.
Happy birthday to the US Navy! To the men and women who serve to keep our waters safe, we thank you. https://t.co/yYUilgIh7v
— Brian Mast (@BrianMastFL) October 13, 2019
Predictably, it was too late.
— Shannon #filthymouthedwife (@jodfoster) October 13, 2019
Good job finding the right navy this time!
— Eric Sandeen (@esandeen) October 13, 2019
Nice try comrade….. pic.twitter.com/lp7LS5nY6T
— John Bolton's Mustache (@BoltonMustach) October 13, 2019
Always safer to just RT someone who knows what they're talking about, isn't it?
— Kathy Castro (@kathycastro) October 13, 2019
However, naval warfare journalist Chris Cavas soon assured that the gaffe is more common than some may think.
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. Nice to know REP Brian Mast R-FLA is a strong proponent of the #Russian Navy, whose battlecruiser PYOTYR VELIKYY is shown. pic.twitter.com/moB9Dh41Wk
— Chris Cavas (@CavasShips) October 13, 2019