Russian Fleet Off Florida Coast depicting a map of their whereabouts and a tweet commenting on the event.

Russian Fleet Off Florida Coast

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Russian Fleet Off Florida Coast refers to events and memes surrounding an incident in which a flotilla of Russian naval vessels, including one nuclear-powered submarine, was spotted close to the coast of Florida in June 2024 as the fleet was headed to Havana, Cuba. As news of the event spread online, many memes expressed concern about the Russian military movement and the possibility of conflict while also joking about the stereotypical aggressive nature of Floridians and what they might do.


In the summer of 2024, Russia conducted a series of naval exercises around the world. One contingent of Russian ships, reportedly including a nuclear-powered submarine and a missile frigate sailed to Cuba and the port of Havana in order to prepare for the drills. The ships passed unusually close to Florida on their way to Cuba but never left International waters entirely.[1] The U.S. Navy appeared to shadow the fleet, sending out its own ships and planes to the area of the ocean where the fleet sailed.[2]


On Wednesday, June 12th, 2024, it was reported that the Russian ships had arrived in Havana, Cuba without notable incidents or events.[7]

Online Reactions

Following the fleet's arrival on June 12th, 2024, meme makers created posts commenting on possible Floridian reactions. For example, X / Twitter user @MidnightMitch (seen below) posted on June 12th about people from Florida trying to shoot the submarine with their personal weapons, receiving over 46,000 likes in one day.[3]

Prison Mitch Floridians RN: @midnightmitch O Mila Joy @MidnightMitch • Jun 12 @MilaLovesJoe ⚫ Jun 10 There's a Russian naval group, including a nuclear submarine, off the coast of Florida right now. 266 t 3.3K 46K ılıl 3.4M

Also on June 12th, X user @ArmedJ0y made a similar post imagining a fake Facebook event for submarine-shooting (seen below), receiving over 21,000 likes in one day.[4]

Armed Joy @ArmedJoy. 21h ra Sanford Titusville Winter Garden Kissimmee er Haven ers Melbourne Vero Beach Fort Pierce West Palm Beach hexae6861 Freetown Freeport Treasure Cay Marsh Harbour SEP Shooting Guns At Russian Fleet 11 Scare It Away Public - Hosted by Ryan Stumpf ⭑Interested Going To Share▾ Hootlet Sep 11 at 1 PM - Sep 15 at 1 PM EDT Happening Now K 40x - RF A

On TikTok, users reported seeing American military activity in Florida, with some users misidentifying American planes as Russian ones, including TikToker @instantexpert (seen below, left) who earned over 115,000 likes and 2.7 million views in three days for posting footage of a family by a beach watching warplanes fly by on June 10th, 2024.[5]

TikToker @ctm.tyty also posted a video on June 11th about Florida being "over" due to the Russian warships and other problems in the state (such as the weather and shark attacks), receiving over 10,000 likes and 78,000 views in the course of two days (seen below, right).[6]

Various Examples

Alex Luck @AlexLuck9 Jun 11 Floridians are advised to not, I repeat, not shoot at the nuclear powered submarine. O Mila Joy @MilaLovesJoe Jun 10 There's a Russian naval group, including a nuclear submarine, off the coast of Florida right now. Palm Coast Daytona Beach rg Sanford Winter Garden Titusville Kissimmee er Haven ers bles 1.3K Melbourne Vero Beach Fort Pierce Alligator Alley hexae6861 H T West Palm Beach Treasure Cay Freetown Freeport Marsh Harbour Pompano Beach ALTITUDE ( 0 500 1000 2000 4000 6000 8000 10000 20 000 30000 Miramar 12.2K 33K ill 4M Cherokee 40 000+ K M 0x = -- RFA +0 MapTiler OpenStreetMap contributo tweet davidson @andykreed Jun 12 • www "It's showtime" Mila Joy @MilaLovesJoe ⚫ Jun 10 There's a Russian naval group, including a nuclear submarine, off the coast of Florida right now. Prison Mitch @MidnightMitch • Jun 12 Me and the Florida boys heading out to hunt a Russian sub: Mila Joy @MilaLovesJoe ⚫ Jun 10 There's a Russian naval group, including a nuclear submarine, off the coast of Florida right now.

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