The U.S. Navy’s strongest warship, USS Zumwal (DDG 1000), didn’t dock at Manila Bay recently as a YouTube video has falsely claimed. Neither did another warship, USS Miguel Keith (ESB 5), which the video wrongly tagged as the strongest warship that recently berthed at Manila Bay.
The May 5 video posted on the Ella Vloggs channel misappropriated a video uploaded on May 3 by the U.S. Navy showing the helocast conducted aboard USS Miguel Keith on April 20 as part of the annual Balikatan exercise in Philippine waters.
A helocast is an airborne technique practiced by special operations forces or troops for quick and efficient insertion into the water from a helicopter.
Without acknowledging the source of the ideo, Ella Vloggs claimed in its title: 🔴
PINAKA MALAKAS NA BARKONG PANDIGMA NG AMERICA NASA MANILA BAY NA! VINES PHILIPPINE NEWS VIRAL (STRONGEST WARSHIP OF AMERICA IS IN MANILA BAY! VINES PHILIPPINE NEWS VIRAL)
The video repeatedly used the phrase “pinakamalakas na warship ng America (strongest warship of America).”
A reverse Google image search shows that Ella Vloggs horizontally flipped the original U.S. Navy video and played it in reverse such that the second helicopter is seen leaving the base and two men wearing green and purple long sleeves are guiding the pilot.
The guided missile destroyer USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) remains to be the most advanced and strongest warship of the U.S. Navy, according to All Hands, the magazine of the U.S. Navy. It can destroy a missile, produce 78 megawatts of power and almost imitate a nuclear-powered aircraft.
According to its history and deployment, USS Zumwalt had been at Naval Base San Diego in the U.S. since Feb. 17 and only departed the base for Alaska on May 5.
USS Miguel Keith,, an expeditionary staging base, also did not dock at Manila Bay, according to its ship’s history. It reached Subic Bay on April 10 as part of the preparations for the Balikatan exercise and headed to Guam on May 1.
Created in February 2019, Ella Vloggs has 304,000 subscribers and has posted more than 1,900 videos. The video, self-described as a “video reaction parody,” has garnered 48,029 views, 20 comments, and 719 likes. (FT)