DFID in Russian Navy takeover shock

by | Nov 22, 2013

Hats off to DFID’s communications team for a classy graphical overview of the humanitarian assistance that the UK has sent to the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan.

There’s just one problem: the warship silhouettes. The top one is supposed to represent HMS Illustrious – but even I can tell the difference between the silhouette above and what Illustrious actually looks like (h/t Wikipedia):

So what is the silhouette in the DFID graphic? In fact, as is now being gleefully pointed out on Facebook by people who know what they’re talking about on matters maritime, it turns out that it’s… er… the Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov. D’oh!


  • Alex Evans

    Alex Evans is founder of the Collective Psychology Project, which explores how we can use psychology to reduce political tribalism and polarisation, a senior fellow at New York University, and author of The Myth Gap: What Happens When Evidence and Arguments Aren’t Enough? (Penguin, 2017). He is a former Campaign Director of the 50 million member global citizen’s movement Avaaz, special adviser to two UK Cabinet Ministers, climate expert in the UN Secretary-General’s office, and was Research Director for the Business Commission on Sustainable Development. He was part of Ethiopia’s delegation to the Paris climate summit and has consulted for Oxfam, WWF UK, the UK Cabinet Office and US State Department. Alex lives with his wife and two children in Yorkshire.

More from Global Dashboard

Justice for All and the Economic Crisis

Justice for All and the Economic Crisis

As COVID-19 plunges the world into its most serious economic crisis for a century, a surge in demand for justice is inevitable. Businesses face bankruptcy – and whole industries may be insolvent. Similar pain is being felt in the public and non-profit sectors....

Who Speaks for the Global South Recipients of Aid?

Who Speaks for the Global South Recipients of Aid?

The murder of George Floyd and the resurfacing of the Black Lives Matter movement has led to heightened discussions on race in the international development sector. Aid practitioners in the North have not only condemned the systemic racism that they (suddenly) now see...