In January 2020, this picture of a U.S. aircraft carrier made the rounds on social media:
This was not an authentic picture showing a crude message spelled out for Iran but yet another spin on an old photo-editing stunt, which Snopes debunked back in October 2002.
The caption for the actual photograph, as described on the U.S. Navy’s website, reads as follows:
At sea aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Sep. 11, 2002 — In response to the President’s message, “Be Ready,” USS Abraham Lincoln Sailors spell out “READY NOW” as the Lincoln Battle Group reports on station to conduct combat missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Lincoln and her embarked Carrier Air Wing Fourteen (CVW 14) are currently deployed and will join the Washington Battle Group, which is scheduled to return to its homeport of Norfolk, Va, in the near future. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate Airman Gabriel Piper.
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