President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his speech during the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan campaign rally at the Bacolod City Government Center Football Field in Negros Occidental on April 11, 2019.
Simeon Celi Jr./Presidential Photo
Fact check: Was an aircraft carrier named after President Duterte?
(Agence France-Presse) - April 15, 2019 - 9:20am

MANILA, Philippines — A photo has been shared thousands of times on Facebook, Twitter and Reddit alongside claims that it shows an aircraft carrier named after President Rodrigo Duterte. The claim is false; the photo has been doctored from a digital illustration of an American aircraft carrier.

The misleading photo was posted on Facebook here on March 26, 2018 and has been shared more than 6,900 times since.

The misleading post’s caption translates to English as: “For those who are stressed about the news that the DND will not buy big ships anymore for the Philippine Navy. Here's the answer of the DDS. It's even the biggest vessel which was bought.”

The DND refers to the Department of National Defense.

DDS refers to “Diehard Duterte Supporters.” Below is a screenshot of the post:

 

Screenshot of Facebook post
Philippines Defense Forces Forum/Facebook


The text on the misleading image translates to English as: “Why is this not in Rapller, Inquirer, and ABS-CBN? (Part 3). THE MODERNISATION CONTINUES. The BRP DUTERTE is the most modern aircraft carrier of the Philippine Navy. This is the reason why China left the islands it occupied in the West Philippine Sea. China has nothing to match this! Thank you our Beloved President Duterte.”

A circular logo can also be seen in the misleading image. The logo’s text translates to English as “THE PHILIPPINE NAVY.”

At the bottom of the misleading image, it states; “BRP Duterte.”

The same post was shared with a similar claim on Twitter and Reddit.

“Rapller” is likely a misspelled reference to news site Rappler.

BRP refers to “Barko or Bapor ng Republika ng Pilipinas” which translates to English as “Ship of the Republic of the Philippines.” This is an explainer article about the term on the website for US-based think tank Global Security. 

Through a reverse image search on Google, AFP established the misleading image had been doctored from a digital photo illustration of the USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), an American aircraft carrier.

The exact same image as appears in the misleading post was used in this article published on November 8, 2013, by US media website CNET.

Below is a screenshot of the image on the CNET website:
 

Screenshot
AFP


Here is a slightly different version of the digital photo illustration of the USS Gerald R. Ford shared on the Facebook page for Huntington Ingalls Industries on July 16, 2014.

 

The Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) was built by Huntington Ingalls Industries.
Screenshot of Facebook post

 

American shipbuilding company Huntington Ingalls Industries built the Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78).

The company announced it had delivered the USS Gerald R. Ford to the US Navy on June 1, 2017. 

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