Navy Day in India is observed every year on December 4 to celebrate the accomplishments of the Indian Navy. BJP Tamil Nadu shared a picture of a naval ship to commemorate the event.
— BJP Tamilnadu (@BJP4TamilNadu) December 4, 2020
BJP MP Vijay Baghel shared the same picture while expressing gratitude to Indian naval soldiers.
— VIJAY BAGHEL (@VijayBaghelCG) December 4, 2020
Akali Dal spokesperson Manjinder Sirsa too shared the image.
On Dec 4, 1971, Indian Navy successfully executed Operation Trident causing huge damage to Karachi port in Indo-Pak war. Indian Navy’s fleet sank four Pak vessels ravaging the Karachi harbour fuel fields
— Manjinder Singh Sirsa (@mssirsa) December 4, 2020
And so did TRS MLA Devireddy Sudheer Reddy.
— Devireddy Sudheer Reddy (@D_SudheerReddy) December 4, 2020
Picture of US naval ship
A Google reverse image search revealed that the ship in the picture is US Navy’s Freedom-class Littoral Combat Ship. In 2010, Stars and Stripes captioned the image, “Defense secretary Robert Gates has called for 55 Littoral Combat Ships, which are designed to operate in shallow, or littoral, waters.”
The official website of the US Navy said, “The Littoral Combat Ship would be designed as a focused-mission, modular, surface combatant smaller than a FFG but larger and more capable than a PC or MCM ship. LCS was envisioned to be an independently deployable, theater-based ship, capable of changing primary missions through modular Mission Package.”
Therefore, an image of US Navy ship was tweeted BJP Tamil Nadu and several leaders of the party to celebrate Indian Navy Day.
Same image shared across political specturm last year
Congress had tweeted the same image of a combat ship on Navy day in 2019. It was later taken down from their timeline.
It was also tweeted by Lt. Governor of Puducherry Kiran Bedi with the message, “we salute all the women and men in the #Navy for their bravery, dedication and patriotism.”
Former Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje posted the image to commemorate the day on Twitter.
Adding to the list was state-owned broadcaster Doordarshan News that put out a tweet with the same photo.
In 2017, the official Twitter handle of Bharatiya Janata Party had tweeted the photograph on Navy Day.
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/sFwfNCgrcApic.twitter.com/PHtqYm9QZU
— BJP (@BJP4India) December 4, 2017