Russian Fighter Jets Buzz USS Donald Cook…Again

This game of chicken that Russia and premier Putin is playing is truly dangerous. But he is making a statement of disrespect for this administration and his certainty that we will not respond to these unprovoked gestures. This is not a rogue pilot toying with the U.S. Navy, it is planned escalation designed to make a statement.

One problem is that there are also military officers involved who are trained to respond in certain ways that may be contrary to Obama's preferred posture. For example, if the Russian jet had bombs or other ordinance showing or had turned on its attack radar, it might have elicited a response that was unavoidable and deadly. Expect more of the same as Putin continues to be the tough guy and Obama the patsy.



A Russian Sukhoi Su-24 attack aircraft makes a very-low altitude pass by the USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) April 12, 2016, in the Baltic Sea near Poland. Donald Cook, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, forward deployed to Rota, Spain is conducting a routine patrol in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe.

The first, on April 11, involved two Russian SU24s, when the USS Donald Cook left the Polish port of Gdynia and was about 70 nautical miles from Kaliningrad in the Baltic Sea. The official said the Russian jets made 20 passes of the American ship and flew within 1,000 yards at an altitude of just 100 feet.

In the second incident on April 12, two Russian KA27 Helix helicopters flew several circles around the Donald Cook, apparently taking photos, after which two jets again made numerous close passes of the ship in what the official described as “Simulated Attack Profile.”


A Russian Kamov KA-27 Helix closely surveils the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) while the ship was operating in international waters on April 12, 2016, in the Baltic Sea.

U.S. Navy 6th Fleet photo/Released

“They were so close they created wakes in the water,” the official said.





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