August 22, 2006
Hezbollah Sinks Australian Ship (Fauxtography)
Hezbollah's official website is running this pic which it claims is the Israeli ship which it damaged off the coast of Beirut.
The only problem, as discovered by Andrew Bolt of The Herald Sun, is that the ship in the pic is actually the Australian HMAS Torrens being decomissioned in 1998.
If the photographs aren't convincing---after all, many ships in the same class should look similar--than ask yourself this question: How did Hezbollah take the pic?
Also, the "Israeli ship" in the pic is about to sink. Notice that the explosion has broken the ship in two. The actual Israeli ship was damaged slightly on the helicopter deck, but it was able to make its way back to port.
One last thing, the ship was hit at 8:30 in the evening. This "Israeli ship" was clearly hit during daylight hours.
The stern of the ship was hit shortly after 8:30 p.m. Friday night and a conflagration ignited on the helicopter landing pad. The hit also damaged the ship’s internal operating systems.UPDATE: I wasn't in the Navy, but I do have my sailing merit badge and have spent many a night on my sister's boat......last time I checked, the stern of the ship was the back of it.
The ship was towed back to the Israeli port of Haifa.
And this from reader dj elliott in the comments:
Also it is a Leander Class Frigate and the Israeli was a Saar V Class Corvette.Allah also points out an important inconsistency.
And that is clearly a Torpedo hit...