The aerobatics skills of Russian pilots over the US destroyer Donald Cook in the Baltic Sea left the Pentagon and other US official running for cover in Washington over “aggressive close interactions” with Russian fighter jets.
Releasing the footage of Russian jet flybys in the vicinity of the destroyer (Watch the video clip), the US navy said that its vessel has encountered multiple “aggressive flight maneuvers …within close proximity of the ship,” some as close as 30 feet (10 meters) on Monday and Tuesday.
The set of incidents took place as the US ship, which had sailed from the Polish port of Gdynia, was conducting exercises with its NATO ally Poland in the Baltic Sea.
The navy announced that the SU-24 first flew over Donald Cook on Monday as US sailors were rehearsing “deck landing drills with an allied [Polish] military helicopter”.
The numerous close-range, low altitude encounters were witnessed at 3 pm local time, forcing the commander of the ship to suspend helicopter refueling on the deck until the Russian jets departed the area. Read More
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