Russian jets just buzzed a USA destroyer in the Black Sea

Trevor Jackson
February 16, 2017

"On February 10, there were no incidents related to a flyby of Russian military planes near USS Porter destroyer in the Black Sea", he said. After that, two Russian Su-24 jets flew by at a low altitude and a high speed.

Three incidents in which Russian aircraft made low passes occurred on February 10 while USS Porter (DDG-78) was operating in worldwide waters in the Black Sea, Capt. Danny Hernandez told USNI News. The Il-38 was followed by two Su-24 fighter-bomber jets and then a single Su-24. The Porter was taking part in a yearly Romanian-led global military exercise called Sea Shield.

Also in the Black Sea, two Russian Fighters flew at a hazardous distance to a U.S. P-8A maritime patrol plane in September.

At the time of the incident Baldanza said the destroyer was "conducting routine maritime operations in worldwide waters in the Black Sea following the conclusion of Exercise Sea Shield".

All the Russian warplanes were flying without their responders, the officials said, making it harder to identify them and increasing the risk of an accident. "The Porter crew thoroughly enjoyed our time in the Black Sea", said the ship's commanding officer, Commander Andria Slough.

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"There were several incidents involving multiple Russian aircraft", said Navy Capt. Danny Hernandez, spokesman for the European Command.

"If the US destroyer, as the Pentagon official claims, conducted a "regular" patrol mission in the vicinity of Russian Federation, tens of thousands miles away from their own shores, it is unusual to be surprised about the no less regular flights of our aircraft over the Black Sea", he said. Overall 16 warships, one submarine, and ten aircraft took part in the drills.

All four Russian planes were flying without their transponders on, the US officials said.

"If the United States destroyer, as the Pentagon official claims, conducted a "regular" patrol mission in the vicinity of Russian Federation, tens of thousands [of] miles away from their own shores, it is unusual to be surprised about the no less regular flights of our aircraft over the Black Sea", he said.

Last April Russian fighters repeatedly buzzed an American destroyer in the Baltic Sea, with one pass coming as close as 30 feet to the USS Donald Cook.

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