No, video does not show U.S. Navy deployed in Miami in response to Russian warships

By: Vanita Ganesh
July 9 2024

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No, video does not show U.S. Navy deployed in Miami in response to Russian warships

The viral post on TikTok claims to show the U.S. Navy’s response in Miami to Russian warships docked in Cuba. (Source: X (formerly Twitter/Modified by Logically Facts)


The Verdict False

The viral videos show aircraft from the 2024 Hyundai Air and Sea Show, not aircraft deployed by the U.S. Navy in response to Russian warships.

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What is the claim? 

A video showing a helicopter and other aircraft flying over a shore next to a beach has been shared online, claiming that it shows the U.S. Navy deployment in Miami, Florida, in response to Russian warships. One such post sharing the video, uploaded on June 13, 2024, overlaid with the text "BREAKING: US Navy deploys in Miami due to Russian warships," has garnered over 60,000 likes. Archived versions of similar posts can be found here and here

Screenshots of posts from TikTok with the viral claim. (Source: TikTok/Modified by Logically Facts)

The video surfaced days after a fleet of Russian warships reached neighboring Cuba on June 12, 2024, as part of a military exercise with Russia's allies in the Caribbean — Cuba and Venezuela. However, this video has been shared with a misleading claim that it shows a 'response' by the U.S. military. The video is from an air show held in Miami, Florida.

What we found 

A reverse image search of key frames from the video and a keyword search led us to videos from the 2024 Hyundai Air and Sea Show held in Miami over Memorial Day weekend, from May 24 to 25, 2024. This two-day show is held to celebrate all five branches of the United States military and the police, firefighters, and first responder agencies, according to the show's website

A comparison of the viral video on TikTok and the official airshow YouTube video (also archived here) showed that the different aircraft from TikTok can be seen at different points. The triangular aircraft visible at the 0:18 second mark in the viral video can be seen at the 2.00-minute mark in the official video. The helicopter with military personnel in swimming gear at the 0:10 second mark in the viral video can also be seen at the 9:50 minute mark in the official video. 

A comparison of the same aircraft appearing in the viral video (L) and the official airshow video (R).
(Source: USASalute/TikTok/Composite by Logically Facts) 

The show's website (archived here) also features and names the aircraft that appear in the show and the viral video. For instance, the aircraft at the 0:13 second mark is a Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II. The distinct-looking aircraft at the 0:18 mark in the TikTok video is a USAF B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber. The USAF B-52 Bomber is visible at the 0:30 second mark.  

The aircraft on the airshow's website appear in the viral video. The U.S. military has not deployed these aircraft in response to Russian warships in Cuba. (Source: USASalute/Markup by Logically Facts)

A group of Russian Navy ships, including a nuclear-powered submarine, docked in Cuba on June 12, 2024, for a five-day official visit. News outlet CNN reported that the U.S. deployed a P-8 Poseidon reconnaissance plane to monitor the Russian vessels in response. However, this aircraft does not appear in either the viral video on TikTok or the official air show video.

The U.S. also positioned its fast-attack nuclear-powered submarine Helena at Guantanamo Bay, a U.S. naval base near Cuba's capital, Havana, followed by the arrival of Canadian Navy patrol ship HMCS Margaret Brooke in Havana on June 14, as reported by media outlet Reuters.

No media reports suggest the U.S. Navy deployed other aircraft in response to the Russian warships in Cuba. 

The verdict

The viral video shows an airshow held in Miami in May. It does not show the U.S. Navy's response to Russian warships docking in Cuba in June. Therefore, we have marked this claim as false.

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