Russian Jets Buzz US Navy Destroyer in the Black Sea
On Feb. 10, the Navy destroyer USS Porter noted three "unsafe and unprofessional" encounters with Russian military aircraft while in the Black Sea.
The ship's commander described the actions as "unsafe and unprofessional", a US military spokesman said.
"Several incidents by multiple Russian aircraft in the Black Sea near the destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) on February 10 were assessed by the ship's commanding officer as unsafe and unprofessional", Baldanza told Sputnik on Tuesday.
The Russian planes were flying with their IFF transponders turned off.
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Hernandez did not say how close the Russian jets flew to the Porter.
The U.S. military is reviewing the planes' action to see whether it violates the 1972 Incidents at Sea agreement between the United States and Russian Federation, and will respond from there, Faggard added.
Instead, the only Russian bomber incursion during the exercise involved two Tu-95 nuclear-capable bombers that flew close to Japan on January 24. The Porter was taking part in a yearly Romanian-led worldwide military exercise called Sea Shield. Overall 16 warships, one submarine, and ten aircraft took part in the drills.
NATO's military presence in Eastern Europe has been increasing since April 2014 after conflict broke out in Ukraine, responding to what North Atlantic Treaty Organisation considers an aggressive Russian foreign policy.
The ship departed the Black Sea Friday after wrapping up training.
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