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Ciara O'Rourke
By Ciara O'Rourke June 14, 2024

Air show footage from Miami in May repackaged as a military flex against Russia on social media

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  • This video footage shows an air show in Miami over Memorial Day weekend, not U.S. aircraft responding to Russian warships in the Caribbean in June.

In a video appearing in social media posts, helicopters hover over a sandy beach and vibrant turquoise water, people in swimsuits gawk at aircraft soaring overhead and the sky is a clear, bright blue.

"Breaking," text over the video says. "US Navy deploys in Miami due to Russian warships 6/12."

Multiple Instagram posts sharing the video were flagged as part of Meta’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Meta, which owns Facebook and Instagram.)

(Screenshot from Instagram)

In reality,  a flotilla of Russian warships reached Cuba on June 12, "in an apparent show of force by President Vladimir Putin flexing his missiles in the Western Hemisphere," The Washington Post reported. The United States and Canada have since made their presence known in the Caribbean. A fast-attack submarine has docked at the Guantánamo Bay naval base, and a Canadian navy patrol ship arrived in Havana on June 14. 


But this video doesn’t show the U.S. dispatching multiple Navy aircraft in response to the warships. 

It’s footage of the Hyundai Air & Sea Show that happened several weeks earlier over Memorial Day weekend in Miami, a spokesperson for the show told PolitiFact. 

What’s more: The sunny skies in the video don’t reflect reality. June 12 in Miami heralded a rare flash flood emergency with "life-threatening flooding," according to the National Weather Service in Miami. A brief appearance by the sun June 12 was followed by rain and thunderstorms, historic weather data shows.

We rate claims this video shows U.S. Navy aircraft responding to Russian warships June 12 False.

Our Sources

Instagram post, June 12, 2024

Instagram post, June 12, 2024

The Washington Post, What are Russian warships doing in the Caribbean?, June 12, 2024

Reuters, US attack sub, Canada navy patrol ship arrive in Cuba on heels of Russian warships, June 14, 2024, Past weather in Miami, visited June 13, 2024

NPR, After a rare flash flood emergency, Florida prepares for more heavy rainfall, June 13, 2024

Email interview with Nicole Lewis, public relations, Hyundai Air & Sea Show, June 14, 2024


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