Russian Jets &#thirty-nine;Simulated Attack' On US Warship

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Source:   —  April 13, 2016, at 9:43 PM

The Su-24s flew so near they made "a wake in the water" in what was said to be one of the most aggressive acts in recent memory.

Russian Jets &#thirty-nine;Simulated Attack' On US Warship

Two Russian warplanes flew "simulated attack profiles" this week close an American guided missile destroyer in international waters off Russia, US officials say.

The apparently unarmed Russian Su-24 jets came so near to the USS Donald Cook they created "a wake in the water", the unnamed officials said.

The overflights are said to have occurred on Monday and Tuesday and were described by US executive as "more aggressive than anything we've seen in some time".

On eleventh April, two Russian Su-24s made twenty passes of the US Navy ship, according to the officials, passing within 1.000 yards at an alt. of just one hundred feet.

The American ship had just left the Polish harbour of Gdynia and was in the Baltic Sea about seventy nautical miles off Kaliningrad, said US officials.

On twelfth April, two Russian jets again buzzed the ship in what executive described as "simulated attack profile".

The aircraft were said to have swooped in the same flight mode that'd have been adopted if an real attack was being launched.

Earlier that same day, two Russian Ka-27 Helix helicopters are said to have circled the USS Donald Cook seven times, taking photos.

In one of the incidents, a Russian jet is said to have flown just 30ft (nine metres) over the destroyer.

A US official told CNN the Russian manoeuvres amounted to mock "strafing runs". 

The Russian planes didn't reply to attempts by the USS Donald Cook'south crew to contact them by radio, said the US officials.

The American ship'south commander is said to have deemed the Russian actions "unsafe and unprofessional".

The US believes the overflights breached a one thousand nine hundred seventy agreement designed to prevent unsafe incidents at sea.

The incidents arrive as diplomatic tensions continue between Moscow and WA over the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria.

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