Russian bombers zoom past US warship | Inquirer News

Russian bombers zoom past US warship

/ 10:44 AM June 02, 2015
FILE - In this Friday, May 9, 2014 file photo Russian bombers Tu-22M3 fly in formation during a Victory Day Parade, which commemorates the 1945 defeat of Nazi Germany in Moscow, Russia. Russia plans to station state-of-the art missiles to its westernmost Baltic exclave and deploy nuclear-capable bombers to Crimea as part of massive war games intended to showcase the nation's resurgent military power amid bitter tensions with the West over Ukraine. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, File)

In this Friday, May 9, 2014 file photo, Russian bombers Tu-22M3 fly in formation during a Victory Day Parade, which commemorates the 1945 defeat of Nazi Germany in Moscow, Russia. The reported flyby of Russian Su-24 bombers near a US guided-missile destroyer has caused some concern which was dispelled by the Pentagon. AP

WASHINGTON, United States – The US military released a video Monday of a Russian Su-24 bomber flying past an American warship in the Black Sea to dispel what it called inaccurate media reports about a routine encounter.

In the video, a Su-24 aircraft appears in the distance, then zooms by the USS Ross — a guided-missile destroyer.

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Other Russian bombers also flew within sight of the ship, officials said.

Such footage is rarely released publicly but the US Navy decided to post it “because we were unsatisfied with the press reporting, and we wanted to show exactly what happened,” Pentagon spokesman Colonel Steven Warren told reporters.

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None of the Russian aircraft that flew by the ship were armed and neither side took any aggressive action, Warren said.

“This was simply a ship and a plane passing in the day in this case,” he said.

Some Russian media had suggested that the aircraft forced the American destroyer to shift course away from Russian territorial waters off the coast of Crimea.

But the Pentagon said those reports were “erroneous” and “didn’t reflect the facts.”

The USS Ross was in international waters and “never changed course, never deviated from its mission,” he said.

And there was no communication between the Russian planes and the US vessel.

The Russian aircraft got to within about 1,600 feet (500 meters) from the ship while flying at an altitude of about 600 feet, officials said.

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With tensions rising over Moscow’s armed intervention in Ukraine over the past year, Russia has stepped up flights of its bomber fleet, particularly over the airspace of NATO states.

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