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Headquarters, United States European Command
Media Operations Division

Release: 16-09
April 13, 2016

U.S. Navy ship encounters aggressive Russian aircraft in Baltic Sea

STUTTGART, GERMANY – A United States Navy Destroyer operating in
international waters in the Baltic Sea experienced several close
interactions by Russian aircraft on April 11 and 12. USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) encountered multiple, aggressive flight maneuvers by Russian aircraft that were performed within close proximity of the ship.

On April 11, Donald Cook was conducting deck landing drills with an Allied military helicopter when two Russian SU-24 jets made numerous, close-range and low altitude passes at approximately 3 p.m. local. One of the passes, which occurred while the Allied helicopter was refueling on the deck of Donald Cook, was deemed unsafe by the ship’s commanding officer. As a safety precaution, flight operations were suspended until the SU-24s departed the area.

On April 12, while Donald Cook was operating in international waters in the Baltic Sea, a Russian KA-27 Helix helicopter conducted circles at low altitude around the ship, seven in total, at approximately 5 p.m. local. The helicopter passes were also deemed unsafe and unprofessional by the ship’s commanding officer. About 40 minutes following the interaction with the Russian helicopter, two Russian SU-24 jets made numerous close-range and low altitude passes, 11 in total. The Russian aircraft flew in a simulated attack profile and failed to respond to repeated safety advisories in both English and Russian. USS Donald Cook’s commanding officer deemed several of these maneuvers as unsafe and unprofessional.

We have deep concerns about the unsafe and unprofessional Russian flight maneuvers. These actions have the potential to unnecessarily escalate tensions between countries, and could result in a miscalculation or accident that could cause serious injury or death.

U.S. officials are using existing diplomatic channels to address the
interactions, while the incidents are also being reviewed through U.S. Navy channels.


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20 Responses

  1. Strait Laced Got Beats says:

    cant we all just get along?

  2. sweiland75 says:

    This is hardly an anomaly. This happens probably more frequently than you

  3. AZNMAN5 says:

    Knock it off Russia

  4. Александр Вар says:

    Where Baltic Sea and where usa…

  5. atif14 says:

    Why is US Army 50 miles from Russia????

  6. Ranger vrn says:

    янки! гоу хоум! :DD

  7. DeltaWarrior says:

    Russia, we don’t mean any harm lol, we don’t need WW3

  8. Daniel Lešnik says:

    Fuck america, there time is gone, Russia and china is the new superpower.
    if america cant exept then it will fall, and for what? Pride. and pride is

  9. SanFranciscoBay says:

    Does the US fly their planes over Russian ships like this? If so, maybe
    both parties should be more considerate of each other.

  10. Олег says:

    Как страшно!!!!))))

  11. Анатолий Капич says:

    Вы это!! если кто не в курсе! Ну летали наши ребятки и чё??!! кто там
    говорит что собьет и делу конец… БАСТИОН !! я уверен держал его на
    прицели! забейти что такое наш бастион,посмотрите на ютубе! И дальность его
    с учетом маневров 10 000 км!! норм да?! при чем американские
    иджесты-хуиджесты посасывают друг у дружке! А еще есть тема
    радиоэлектронной как защиты так и в качестве обезаруживаниЯ противника,тот
    же 1милиардный$ Кук у берегов крыма посасывал сделал восьмерку и к себе в
    будку! И даже при желании если бы хотел сбить наш истребитель но у него
    пукан горел бежать… короче! Это всё есть на ютубе,смотрите!

  12. AssOnAPlate187 says:

    I really wouldn’t call that “aggressive.”

    It just seemed more of a “Hey, we know you’re here. Fair warning.”

    “Aggressive” to me is if the plane unleashed a few warning shots ahead of
    the ship.

  13. nine tailed wolf says:

    The russian internet army is here.

  14. Kris W says:

    USA logic.

    Bombing whole fucking Middle-East = no problem.

    Encountering 1 aggresive Russian aircraft on places you shouldn’t even be =

  15. TeX says:

    You have nothing to do on Baltic Sea. Get the fuck out of here. You are
    provoking Russians. Later we baltic countries will have problem with them,
    not you (USA).

  16. Diego Teriyaki says:

    good one Yuri, next time drop some gift.

  17. 123 KL31M33R says:


  18. Jamiryo D. says:

    Yiyin birbirinizi amk çocukları

  19. Mark Narretto says:

    This BULLSHIT ! !! This the ongoing chip on the shoulder we deal with when
    it comes to Russia ridicules ! Those pilots should know that doing a fly by
    just isn`t cool as people get weary of such a act. But Russia knows this
    and incites problems by breaking a military code and rules. It shows no
    respect for life when you have pilots doing this type of act ! Captain
    “Cool hand Luke” played it cool and showed confidence in his crews ability
    by not blowing their sorry ass into the ocean ! Which under international
    law he would have had the right to do so !!! But it`s the poorly trained
    and poorly governed Russian government and military that allow this to
    happen ! Russia you want to be recognized and respected world wide but you
    remove communism and told the world you were gonna be democratic but yet
    you keep Putin in power. Your only thing in life is to be the anti -U.S.
    nation. Because you`re miserable and that`s because you country is corrupt.
    All govt are flawed but the world knows who the real world leader is..the
    U.S. ! You don`t know what real diversity is. Sure you have different parts
    of your country with different types of people, but nothing like the U.S.
    We fight we argue we disagree but we all know the bottom line is that is
    only possible because we have the freedom to do so. Don`t buzz a ship like
    that again or you are gonna cause them to be shot down !

  20. Grigoriy Nazper says:

    Начальник, начальник БЛЯТЬ! Я ОБОСРАЛСЯ!