This article was first published by Voltairenet in other languages in September 2014.
The State Department acknowledged that the crew of the destroyer USS Donald Cook has been gravely demoralized ever since their vessel was flown over in the Black Sea by a Russian Sukhoi-24 (Su-24) fighter jet which carried neither bombs nor missiles but only an electronic warfare device.
US destroyer Donald Cook enters Black Sea amid Ukraine tension
This video shows the USS Donald Cook sailing into the Black Sea to position itself near Russia’s territorial waters.
On 10 April 2014, the USS Donald Cook entered the waters of the Black Sea and on 12 April a Russian Su-24 tactical bomber flew over the vessel triggering an incident that, according to several media reports, completely demoralized its crew, so much so that the Pentagon issued a protest .
The USS Donald Cook (DDG-75) is a 4th generation guided missile destroyer whose key weapons are Tomahawk cruise missiles with a range of up to 2,500 kilometers, and capable of carrying nuclear explosives. This ship carries 56 Tomahawk missiles in standard mode, and 96 missiles in attack mode.
The US destroyer is equipped with the most recent Aegis Combat System. It is an integrated naval weapons systems which can link together the missile defense systems of all vessels embedded within the same network, so as to ensure the detection, tracking and destruction of hundreds of targets at the same time. In addition, the USS Donald Cook is equipped with 4 large radars, whose power is comparable to that of several stations. For protection, it carries more than fifty anti-aircraft missiles of various types.
Meanwhile, the Russian Su-24 that buzzed the USS Donald Cook carried neither bombs nor missiles but only a basket mounted under the fuselage, which, according to the Russian newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta , contained a Russian electronic warfare device called Khibiny.
As the Russian jet approached the US vessel, the electronic device disabled all radars, control circuits, systems, information transmission, etc. on board the US destroyer. In other words, the all-powerful Aegis system, now hooked up - or about to be - with the defense systems installed on NATO’s most modern ships was shut down, as turning off the TV set with the remote control.
The Russian Su-24 then simulated a missile attack against the USS Donald Cook, which was left literally deaf and blind. As if carrying out a training exercise, the Russian aircraft - unarmed - repeated the same maneuver 12 times before flying away.
After that, the 4th generation destroyer immediately set sail towards a port in Romania.
Since that incident, which the Atlanticist media have carefully covered up despite the widespread reactions sparked among defense industry experts, no US ship has ever approached Russian territorial waters again.
According to some specialized media, 27 sailors from the USS Donald Cook requested to be relieved from active service.
Vladimir Balybine - director of the research center on electronic warfare and the evaluation of so-called "visibility reduction" techniques attached to the Russian Air Force Academy - made the following comment:
"The more a radio-electronic system is complex, the easier it is to disable it through the use of electronic warfare."
A video presentation of the US Aegis system. Currently installed on the most sophisticated US Navy warships and in the process of being set up throughout the entire range of NATO naval forces, this missile defense system was completely knocked out in the Black Sea by a Russian electronic warfare device.
Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense - FTM 04-1(9' 09" video): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FL-HecSCjg0
Visual display of the incident.
Ukraine Crisis: Russian Su-24 buzzes US Destroyer USS Donald Cook
This 57" video was published by Tomonews US on May 14, 2014 (originally published April 15, 2014) by TomoNews US: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Wwo2Ygjjqw
A Russian fighter jet made multiple close-range passes near a U.S. warship in the Black Sea at the weekend, the Pentagon said on Monday amid rising tension in the region between US and Russia over events in Ukraine.
"This provocative and unprofessional Russian action is inconsistent with their national protocols and previous agreements on the professional interaction between our militaries," Pentagon spokesman Colonel Steve Warren said.
The Russian Su-24 Fencer, made a total of 12 low altitude passes near the USS Donald Cook in an incident that lasted 90 minutes as the U.S. ship was conducting a patrol in international waters of the coast of Romania. The ship is now at port in Romania.
The Russian plane did not respond to attempts by the ship to make contact with the pilot.
Reports said that a Russian Navy frigate had also been shadowing the US warship
Pentagon officials have yet to discuss the incident with the Russian government, the spokesman said.
Tensions have grown in recent weeks between Moscow and Washington over the unrest in Ukraine, where pro-Russian separatists have occupied government buildings and police stations and ignored an ultimatum to leave.
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