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06-30-2016, 10:43 AM

US Officials Say Russian Warship Intentionally Interfered With Navy Operations

The U.S. has accused Russia of intentionally interfering with its Navy operations.

New video released by Russia shows the moment that a Russian frigate, the Neustrashimyy, and the U.S. Navy’s USS Gravely crossed paths in the eastern Mediterranean two weeks ago. Russia’s defense ministry claimed the U.S. ship made a “dangerous approach” on its warship, saying it “grossly breached” international maritime laws. The ministry said the U.S. sailors were “allowing themselves to forget about the fundamental principles of safe sailing” and didn’t think about the potential consequences of their dangerous maneuver.

But U.S. officials told a very different version of events and they said the video is a clever piece of editing by the Russians.

U.S. officials stated that the USS Gravely was escorting the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman on June 17 when a Russian frigate approached it in an “unsafe and unprofessional” manner.

The officials said that when the incident began, the frigate was two nautical miles from the American destroyer and flying the international signal flags that indicate a ship is restricted in its ability to maneuver. But then, according to the officials, the Russian frigate contacted the U.S. destroyer by radio, repeatedly asking it to maintain a safe distance while at the same time allegedly maneuvering to get closer to the USS Gravely.

One official said the Russian ship would follow in and out of the American ship’s wake. As the destroyer changed course and speed, so did the Russian ship, which the officials said indicates that it was able to maneuver, counter to the signals the Russian ship was flying. They accused the Russian ship of intentionally displaying a false international signal.

Officials said that their assessment is that the Russian ship was trying to intentionally interfere with the aircraft carrier’s operations.

“We are following up on this incident through appropriate military discussion channels with the Russians,” Lt. Col. Michelle Baldanza, a Defense Department spokesperson, told ABC News in a statement Tuesday.

Captain Danny Hernandes, spokesman for the U.S. European Command, said in a statement that he fears the incident will "escalate tensions" between the two countries.

“We have deep concerns about the unsafe and unprofessional Russian ship maneuvers and this most recent incident comes on the heels of other unsafe air and naval incidents on the part of the Russian military,” he said. “These actions have the potential to unnecessarily escalate tensions between countries, and could result in a miscalculation or accident which results in serious injury or death.”

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This is far from the first time the U.S. and Russians have butted heads over military encounters.

In April, the Pentagon accused Russian aircraft of engaging in “unsafe and unprofessional” behavior on three separate occasions.

In one instance, a Russian fighter jet performed a barrel roll within 25 feet of a U.S. reconnaissance plane over the Baltic Sea. In another, a Russian jet buzzed a similar U.S. plane within 50 feet.

The first incident that month lasted over two days, with two Russian SU-25 fighter jets buzzing the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Donald Cook more than 30 times.

This is Putin taunting the cowardly "muslim in hiding" maggot infesting the White house now.
A game intended to show the rest of the world who to fear--Russia -not the USA..
Putin knows that obama is too busy defending gays, promoting transgender and perverted pieces of shit to actually be a true commander of the U.S. military.
And the dem party wants to be socialists themselves-- thus Russia and China are to be courted but not vigorously opposed regardless of how aggressive they may become....
Such thinking invites war, always has-- history repeatedly gives examples of that truth.--Tyr

06-30-2016, 05:50 PM
where's Osama's apology??

06-30-2016, 08:24 PM

I personally saw this kind of intimidation while I was on a MED deployment in the 80's. The Russians do everything they can to incite, and cause trouble at sea.

WE have a lousy CIC who would probably bow down, and kiss Puntin's ass while apologizing for the RUSSIAN attempts to make OUR NAVY look bad.
Now they are blaming our sailors for what the IRANIANS did in the Persian Gulf, then KERRY thanked Iran because KERRY is still operating in the JANE FONDA era of HATE AMERICA.

06-30-2016, 09:20 PM
their trawlers we a constant pain in the ass in nam

innocent looking but

a closer look from below the waterline, shows something more sinister: Here you see the sonar dome and two Torpedo tubes. they luved to play chicken