FACT CHECK: No, The U.S. Navy Did Not Commission An Aircraft Carrier In Millimeters Instead Of Feet
A photo shared on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, shows a black-and-white image of a miniature aircraft carrier, claiming that the U.S. The Navy had it commissioned in millimeters instead of feet.
When the US navy accidentally commissioned an aircraft carrier in millimeters instead of feet. pic.twitter.com/KtAoB4ClhB
— Bojan Tunguz (@tunguz) October 18, 2023
The image is miscaptioned. It was originally taken on a movie set.
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The X post purports the U.S. Navy commissioned a vessel in millimeters instead of feet. The post shares a black-and-white image of two men standing on what appears to be a very small aircraft carrier.
“When the US navy accidentally commissioned an aircraft carrier in millimeters instead of feet,” the post reads.
The image is miscaptioned, however. A reverse image search leads to a website called Model Ships in the Cinema, which posted the photo with the text “Actor Toshiro Mifune and Eiji Tsuburaya mug for a press op in Toho’s Big Pool for Seiji Marumaya’s ADMIRAL YAMAMOTO (1968).”
The IMDB page for Admiral Yamamoto credits Mifune as the titular character and Tsuburaya as a special effects director. The same image is also listed on the film’s “photos” section on IMDB. (RELATED: Does This Video Show A Recent Attack On U.S. Navy Vessel?)
Check Your Fact has reached out to the Navy for comment and will update this piece accordingly if one is received.