The U.S. Navy just released some incredible footage of the Russian Su-24 attack jets that repeatedly buzzed an American naval destroyer this week on the Baltic Sea.
The USS Donald Cook was operating in international waters around 3 p.m. local time on Monday when a pair of Sukhoi Su-24 Fencer twin-engine aircraft “made numerous, close-range and low altitude passes,” according to statement released Wednesday from U.S. European Command.
Subsequent flybys were so close — just 30 feet or so — that they created wakes in the water around the ship, the Associated Press reported. Indeed, the picture above and the video below shows just how close one of the twin-engine planes flew in proximity to the ship.
What’s more, the initial passes occurred while an allied helicopter was refueling on the deck of the destroyer, resulting in the ship’s commanding officer to suspend flight operations until the Fencers left the area, the command said.
The unusual activity continued on Wednesday, when a Russian KA-27 Helix helicopter flew several “unsafe and unprofessional” circles at low altitude around the ship (see image below), according to the statement. The Su-24s then returned less than an hour later to make nearly a dozen close-range, low-altitude passes.
“The Russian aircraft flew in a simulated attack profile and failed to respond to repeated safety advisories in both English and Russian,” the command said. “USS Donald Cook’s commanding officer deemed several of these maneuvers as unsafe and unprofessional.
“We have deep concerns about the unsafe and unprofessional Russian flight maneuvers,” it added. “These actions have the potential to unnecessarily escalate tensions between countries, and could result in a miscalculation or accident that could cause serious injury or death.”
[Ron: What the US doesn't say is that the US warship was sailing within 70 miles of the Russian naval base in Kaliningrad which would be the equivalent of a Russian warship travelling to the other side of the world to sail (without advising the US authorities), around Chespeake Bay or 70 kilometres off the Texas Coast in the Bay of Mexico. In other words, WTF is the US navy doing in those waters anyway?! This is a similar provocation to the US sailing inside the 12 mile limit of Chinese islands in the South China Sea, ie thousands of miles away from the US, while whinging about the Chinese allegedly denying freedom of navigation.
With respect to this incident Major General Igor Konashenkov, a Russian Defence Ministry official said:
“On April 13, Su-24 crews of the Russian Aerospace Forces were performing training flights over neutral waters of the Baltic Sea... Frankly speaking, reason for such sensitivity of the American colleagues is incomprehensible. Freedom of navigation of the US destroyer does not abolish freedom of flying of Russian aircraft in operational vicinity to the Russian naval base of the Baltic Fleet”.].
Navy officials are reviewing the incident and diplomatic officials are exploring channels to address the matter.
While we wait to see if Russia releases footage of the incident (preferably from the cockpit of that Fencer that came closest to the ship), here’s one of the Navy videos:
USS Donald Cook reports ‘simulated attack’ by Russian jets. See: http://abundanthope.net/pages/Political_Information_43/USS-Donald-Cook-reports-simulated-attack-by-Russian-jets.shtml
Pentagon: Russian fighter jet repeatedly flew over US destroyer in Black Sea. See: http://abundanthope.net/pages/Political_Information_43/Pentagon-Russian-fighter-jet-repeatedly-flew-over-US-destroyer-in-Black-Sea.shtml
XYZ: What would happen if the Russian army really invaded Ukraine. See: http://abundanthope.net/pages/Political_Information_43/XYZ-What-would-happen-if-the-Russian-army-really-invaded-Ukraine.shtml
Terrified US Aircraft Carrier Flees From Russian Subs To UK Safety. See: http://abundanthope.net/pages/Political_Information_43/Terrified-US-Aircraft-Carrier-Flees-From-Russian-Subs-To-UK-Safety.shtml
How Long Would the US Navy Survive in a Shooting War? See: http://abundanthope.net/pages/True_US_History_108/How-Long-Would-the-US-Navy-Survive-in-a-Shooting-War.shtml
Disclosure: The New Sheriff. See: http://abundanthope.net/pages/Environment_Science_69/Disclosure-The-New-Sheriff.shtml