No, this video does not show the US military firing at pirates
A video that has been viewed more than 1.7 millions times on Facebook purports to show the US military shooting pirates. The claim is false; the footage has been taken from five different videos none of which show the US military engaging with pirates.
The video was posted here on Facebook on March 27, 2019, where it has been viewed 1.7 million times.
The five minute, 25 second video appears to show shots being fired at small boats the sea.
The Mandarin language caption says: “The US military striking pirates.”
Below is a screenshot of this misleading Facebook post:
A similar post can be seen on Facebook here.
A Yandex reverse image search using keyframes from video found that the misleading footage is made up from five separate clips.
Four of the five clips have been taken from footage posted on the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service, a US military public affairs service.
The first part of the misleading video, from the start to 00:30, has been taken from this original footage from U.S. Navy’s Petty Officer 3rd Class Joshua P Samoluk, which was posted on The Defense Visual Information Distribution Service (DVIDS) on March 16, 2017.
According to DVIDS, the video shows: “Sailors aboard the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) load ammunition into the close-in weapons system, or CIWS, for operational testing.”
Military video YouTube channel AiirSource uploaded part of the DVIDS video on March 17, 2017, using the clip from 00:08 to 1:52, adding an “AIIRSOURCE” watermark to its own clip here.
The misleading video used part of AiirSource’s shortened version -- from 00:31 to 01:01.
Below are three pairs of screenshots, comparing the misleading Facebook video (L) and from the AiirSource video (R):
The second and fourth parts of the misleading video takes footage from this DVIDS video, called “USS America Live Fire Exercise,” which was filmed by Petty Officer 1st Class Demetrius Kennon on May 8, 2017.
The video is captioned, in part: “Sailors and Marines aboard the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) conduct a live fire exercise to test the ship’s defense capabilities against a simulated unmanned small fast-boat attack.”
Below is a side-by-side comparison of the screenshots from the misleading Facebook video (L) and Kennon’s video on DVIDS (R):
The next section of the misleading video has been taken from this video headlined, “USS America (LHA 6) live fire exercise,” also posted on DVIDS on May 8, 2017, by Petty Officer 3rd Class Christopher Marshall.
The footage shows the same training exercise on the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6).
Below are three pairs of screenshots comparing the misleading video (L) and Marshall’s video from 00:12 to 00:34 (R):
The next part of the misleading video, between 00:57 and 03:18, has been taken from footage showing a firefight between pirates and Turkish security guards in the Gulf of Aden in 2017. Turkish newspaper Yeni Safak uploaded this footage on its YouTube channel on May 11, 2017; the same sequence seen in the misleading video runs from 00:44 till the end.
The headline of the YouTube video translates to English as: “Breathtaking moments of clashes during the attack on Turkish ship!”
The YouTube video caption translates to English as: "An attack by pirates on a Turkish ship in the Gulf of Aden was twarted by Turkish security forces. Here is the footage of the breathtaking firefight aboard the ship defended by retired (Turkish) SAT commandos".
Below are three pairs of screenshots comparing the misleading video (L) and the Yeni Safak video (R):
The rest of the misleading video has been taken from this DVIDS video, titled: “The Coast Guard cutter Anacapa sinks the derelict tsunami debris Japanese fishing vessel Ryou-Un Maru.”
According to the DVIDS description, the ship was sunk on April 5, 2012, at the Gulf of Alaska.
Below are three sets of comparison between screenshots from the misleading video (L) and the DVIDS video: