Indian National Congress and Media outlets including Punjab Kesari share US Navy Combat ship to commemorate Indian Navy Day
On the occasion of Indian Navy Day, Congress party’s official Twitter handle shared an image of a ship wishing fellow citizens. Punjab Kesari also shared the same image to commemorate the day. If you look at the ship closely, you can easily figure out it’s not an Indian Navy ship but a foreign ship. Congress later deleted the tweet, however, an archived version of the tweet can be seen here.
— Punjab Kesari (@punjabkesari) December 4, 2019
Now since the image in the claim seemed malicious, we began our investigation to know if the ship really belongs to the Indian Navy. We performed a reverse image search and it led us to various sources. Most of the sources hinted towards the ship belonging to the US Navy Fleet while others indicated miscellaneous information. If you observe the results of reverse image search, you can easily understand what went wrong. The default keyword for the image shared by INC reads “Indian coast guard recruitment 2019” – this creates confusion whether the ship belongs to the Indian Navy or to a foreign Navy fleet.
Image posted by Political Parties and Several other media outlets in past
Greetings on Indian Navy Day. Let’s wear Armed Forces flag with honour and pride. Contribute generously to the ‘#ArmedForcesFlagDay Fund’ to assure our soldiers that the entire nation cares for them & their families. https://t.co/sFwfNCgrcA pic.twitter.com/PHtqYm9QZU
— BJP (@BJP4India) December 4, 2017
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Ship Belongs to US Navy Fleet
After the confusion created as a result of reverse image search, we further went on to dig deeper. During our study on the aforementioned ship, we found a CNBC story which explains the details about the ship. The CNBC story suggests that the ship belongs to US Navy Fleet and goes with the name “The future USS Little Rock (LCS 9)”. The CNBC story which was published in November, 2017 also mentions that the ship was to be commission in Buffalo the same year.
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Now, after reading the CNBC story, we checked the US Navy website for more details but we didn’t find enough details to corroborate. We used Google custom search between December 15, 2017 to December 17, 2017 with the same keyword mentioned in the CNBC story, this led us to the US Navy’s official YouTube channel, where we found a 54-second video which backs the CNBC story.
At 29 seconds, the video contains the exact image shared by INC’s official Twitter handle and other media outlets.
When we further observed the YouTube video, the description of the video itself is pretty explanatory. The description reads, “The Navy commissioned its newest Freedom-variant littoral combat ship, USS Little Rock (LCS 9), Dec. 16, at the Canalside waterfront in Buffalo, New York. Little Rock is the 10th littoral combat ship to enter the fleet and the fifth of the Freedom-variant design. It is the second warship named for the Arkansas state capital and was commissioned alongside the first USS Little Rock (CL 92), which serves as a museum at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park. (U.S. Navy video/Released)”
Congress and Media Outlets share misleading Image
It was evidently clear that the image of ship shared by Congress doesn’t belong to Indian Navy fleet but is a part of the US Navy Fleet. The claim made by Congress’ official Twitter handle and other media outlets turned out to be “Misleading”.
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