Parties and politicians used wrong images of ships for wishing #IndianNavyDay2019
Navy Day in India is celebrated on 4 December every year to recognize the achievements and role of the Indian Navy to the country. 4 December was chosen as on that day in 1971, during Operation Trident, the Indian Navy sank four Pakistani vessels including PNS Khaibar, killing hundreds of Pakistani Navy personnel. – Source
Official Handle of Indian National Congress tweeted the following –
Vasundhra Raje, Former CM of Rajasthan also tweeted the same photo
अदम्य साहस और सामाजिक सेवा भावना के समन्वित मूल्यों की पर्याय भारतीय नौसेना पर हम सभी को गर्व है, जिनकी निष्ठा, संकल्प और राष्ट्र प्रेम के जज़्बे को सभी देशवासियों का सलाम।#IndianNavyDay pic.twitter.com/I9DmDqDw5x
— Vasundhara Raje (@VasundharaBJP) December 4, 2019
Same image was tweeted by BJP’s official handle 2 years ago i.e. 2017
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
Doordarshan – Top Right photo
December 4 is celebrated as Navy Day to commemorate Operation Trident. Here are some interesting facts about the day. #IndianNavy #NavyDay #NavyDay2019 @indiannavy @DefenceMinIndia pic.twitter.com/AtVYNlTWaj
— Doordarshan News (@DDNewsLive) December 4, 2019
Neeraj Kundan, National President NSUI !Former State President @NSUI, J&K tweeted –
My good wishes to all officers on #Navy Day. Nation is proud of your commitment in protecting our maritime frontiers and providing assistance in civil emergencies. Jai Hind! #NavyDay pic.twitter.com/lVbYkP66PC
— Neeraj Kundan (@Neerajkundan) December 4, 2019
Vinit Goenka, Author | Secretary #CKS | Member-Governing Council, CRIS, Min of Railways| Fmr Member-IT Taskforce,MoSRTH |Ex National Co-Convener-IT Cell, BJP, Ex-ABVP tweeted the same photo
Greetings on #IndianNavyDay to all the personnel of Navy and their families. pic.twitter.com/7tIQNb4GF5
— Vinit Goenka (@vinitgoenka) December 4, 2019
My warm wishes to the guardians of the sea, the warriors we must be indebted to, on the occasion of #NavyDay. Your courage and dedication inspires us all. Ever grateful for your service. pic.twitter.com/OmTuC7x9Z3
— Dr. G Parameshwara (@DrParameshwara) December 4, 2019
Deccan Herald used the same image but have claimed it as “Representative image”
Tehseen Poonawalla quoted Delhi MP, Manoj Tiwari’s tweet with text –
“Namaskar @ManojTiwariMP bhai! The nationalist @BJP4India MP has put a picture of US ships . At least on our #IndianNavyDay put a picture of our brave #IndianNavy &their ships ! #JaiHind 🇮🇳 #NavyDay”
Namaskar @ManojTiwariMP bhai! The nationalist @BJP4India MP has put a picture of US ships . At least on our #IndianNavyDay put a picture of our brave #IndianNavy &their ships ! #JaiHind 🇮🇳#NavyDay https://t.co/LaUImeaagw
— Tehseen Poonawalla Official (@tehseenp) December 4, 2019
The BJP’s “CM candidate” for Delhi cannot distinguish between the US Flag and the Indian Flag when putting a picture on Navy Day 🤦🏻♂️ https://t.co/QumvN2IO5m
— Saket Gokhale (@SaketGokhale) December 4, 2019
A Facebook Page – Congress Fans posted
This common photo used by many is a decade old. Published: May 7, 2009, US Navy
It’s called Littoral combat ship (LCS) used by US Navy
The littoral combat ship (LCS) is a set of two classes of relatively small surface vessels designed for operations near shore by the United States Navy. It was “envisioned to be a networked, agile, stealthy surface combatant capable of defeating anti-access and asymmetric threats in the littorals.” Littoral combat ships are comparable to the corvettes found in other navies. – Source
The ship is used by US Navy and following is the detail of Foreign Sales which doesn’t mention India anywhere.
Saudi Arabia and Israel both expressed an interest in a modified version of the Freedom variant, the LCS-I, but Israel dropped out of this project in favor of a new frigate design to be built in Israel. Interest by Saudi Arabia in LCS continues however. Media reports indicate that Saudi Arabia could buy two to four ships of Lockheed Martin’s Freedom-class LCS variant as part of the Saudi Arabian Naval Expansion Program II—a program to modernize the nation’s oldest warships operating in the Persian Gulf. On 22 May 2017, as part of an arms deal between the United States and Saudi Arabia, the acquisition of four Multi-Mission Surface Combatant (MMSC) ships based on the Freedom-class LCS was announced.
The Taiwanese navy has also shown interest in procuring U.S. littoral combat ships, to replace aging Knox-class frigates. The new wave-piercing catamaran Tuo Chiang borrowed the Independence variant’s trimaran design.
Japan will design its own version of the Independence class. The warship concept was unveiled in a defense trade-show called MAST Asia 2017.
The ship in the photo is part of US nave fleet and not India’s. It’s “Freedom-class littoral combat ship”
अत्यंत साहस और निष्ठा भाव से राष्ट्र सेवा की सुरक्षा में समर्पित सभी भारतीय नौ सैनिकों को नौ सेना दिवस की हार्दिक शुभकामनाएं। pic.twitter.com/FXo5fjHaZg
— Manoj Tiwari (@ManojTiwariMP) December 4, 2019
This photo of ships is from a Navy Exercise. The second ship although have US flag but the leading ship is Indian – INS Rana.
INS Rana is a Rajput-class destroyer in active service with the Indian Navy. She was commissioned on 28 June 1982.
She is a redesigned Soviet Kashin-class guided missile destroyer.
Since no flag is visible on INS Rana, while on the second, US flag can be seen, people wrongly observed the entire fleet to be US Navy.
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