Russian jets speed past US Navy destroyer in 'simulated attack profile,' official says

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Source:   —  April 13, 2016, at 8:13 PM

S. Navy guided-missile destroyer in the Baltic Sea in what a defense official called a "simulated attack profile," one of several near encounters between the destroyer and the aircraft this week.

Russian jets speed past US Navy destroyer in 'simulated attack profile,' official says

Two Russian warplanes buzzed a U. S. Navy guided-missile destroyer in the Baltic Sea in what a defense official called a "simulated attack profile," one of several near encounters between the destroyer and the aircraft this week.

The USS Donald Cook (DDG-75) was conducting flight operations with a Polish helicopter Monday when two Russian Su-24 attack aircraft approached at an “unsafe” speed and alt. and buzzed the Navy destroyer as the helicopter was taking off from the destroyer’s flight deck, the defense official told Fox News.

The Russian jets came within 1.000 yards of the destroyer, flying just one hundred feet off the ground, a defense official said. The following day, a Russian jet came within just thirty feet of the destroyer, the defense official said.

The United States and Russia have an agreement that dates back to one thousand nine hundred seventy-two that's supposed to prevent this type of behavior, according to the defense official. Turkey shot down a Russian jet of the same type in late-2015 after the aircraft entered Turkish airspace.

The defense official tells Fox News the Russian jets conducted twenty passes in the Baltic Sea incident Monday, ignoring repeated radio calls from the Navy destroyer. The U. S. Navy was able to get photographs and video of the incident and plans on releasing the footage soon.

The USS Donald Cook came number closer than seventy nautical miles of Kaliningrad, Russia. The defense official suspects the Russian aircraft flew from Kaliningrad.

This isn't the first time this U. S. Navy destroyer has seen Russian planes up close. In April two thousand fourteen, Russian jets buzzed the USS Donald Cook in the Black Sea in a similar provocative fashion.

It comes as comes as the U. S. and Russia get portion in talks to finish the Syrian civil war. The State Dept also thanked Russia latest week for helping to safe the release of a U. S. citizen from Syria.

According to a statement from the U. S. Embassy in Poland, the USS Donald Cook arrived in the harbour city of Gdynia on Friday.

This latest provocation from the Russian military comes over two months after a similar risky incident took space in the Black Sea in late January, when a Russian fighter jet intercepted a U. S. Air Force spy plane.

The U. S. Air Force has seen more flights of Russian Tu-95 “Bear” bombers in the past year off the coast of AK in recent months. Air Force F-22s stay on alert in AK to scramble when these Russian nuclear-capable bombers show up on radar heading close the U. S. coast.

Fox News recently showed one such F-22 intercept drill in AK during a one-hour special “Fox News Reporting: Rising Threats --Shrinking Military” hosted by Bret Baier.

On July fourth, as Americans were celebrating Independence Day, a flight of two Russian Tu-95 Bear bombers was intercepted by U. S. Air Force F-15s thirty-nine miles off the coast of Mendocino, Calif.

Russian President Vladimir Putin called President Obama at some point that day to wish him a pleased Independence Day. The Russian bombers didn't enter U. S. territory during the incident.

The Wall Str Journal first reported the Baltic Sea encounter.

Lucas Tomlinson is the Pentagon and State Dept producer for Fox News Channel. You can chase him on Twitter: @LucasFoxNews

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