The Navy Times, the official newspaper for the U.S. Navy, is reporting that the back-panel, high-resolution photos used during a speech by Admiral John Nathman to pay tribute and honor to U.S. veterans on the last day of the Democratic National Convention were in fact of Russian warships.
The Navy Times reported:
“The ships are definitely Russian,” said noted naval author Norman Polmar after reviewing hi-resolution photos from the event. “There’s no question of that in my mind.”
Naval experts concluded the background was a photo composite of Russian ships that were overflown by what appear to be U.S. trainer jets. It remains unclear how or why the Democratic Party used what’s believed to be images of the Russian Black Sea Fleet at their convention.
The original photo of the ships used in the composite came from a photo taken by a photographer named Vakhrushev Pavel and is available for purchase here, on shutterstock.com.
The same original photo can be found elsewhere on the web, such as here on the webpage for the UK-based Voyaco Risk maritime security provider.
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