Two Russian warplanes ‘simulated attack’ incredibly close to a U.S Navy destroyer just a few days ago.
The video, which emerged yesterday evening, shows the events of Monday and Tuesday this week, when Russian Su-24 jets came so close to the USS Donald Cook, U.S officials were forced to admit that it is ‘more aggressive than anything we’ve seen in some time’.
According to Sky News, the USS Donald Cook was in the Baltic Sea having just left the port of Gdynia, Poland, on April 11, when two Russian jets made 20 passes of the ship at an altitude of just 100ft.
On the following day, two Russian jets again flew past the USS Donald Cook, and swooped down towards the ship as if about to begin a genuine attack – prompting officials to call the taunts a ‘simulated attack profile’.
One of the jets reportedly flew just 9 meters above the destroyer in the practice attacks.
On the same day, two Russian helicopters circled the vessel at least seven times – taking numerous photos.
When the USS Donald Cook crew attempted to contact the Russian planes, they received nothing back.
The U.S European Command released a statement saying:
We have deep concerns about the unsafe and unprofessional Russian flight manoeuvres. 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.
It is thought that the Russian taunts have come as tensions between the U.S and Russia increase over the conflicts in the Ukraine and the Middle East.
Despite being the most serious threat yet, this isn’t the first time that Russian jets have caused controversy and debate.
In the recent past Russian jets have had to be intercepted numerous times in British airspace in what is thought to have been a test on the RAF’s reaction time.
Joseph Loftus is a Gold Standard NCTJ journalist with four years experience working for international and regional press.
As well as working for UNILAD and LADbible, Joseph has worked as Liverpool Correspondent for Unsigned & Independent Magazine, as well as stints with the Liverpool Echo and Warrington Guardian.