On Thursday, Jan. 9, while conducting routine operations in the North Arabian Sea, USS Farragut (DDG 99) was aggressively approached by a Russian Navy ship. pic.twitter.com/SCVyTINNqe
— U.S. 5th Fleet (@US5thFleet) January 10, 2020
Courtesy of ABC News:
American and Russian Navy ships narrowly avoided collision after the U.S. destroyer was “aggressively approached” by a Russian spy ship in the Northern Arabian Sea, according to the U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet.
In video released by Fifth Fleet on Friday, the Russian intelligence collection ship, the Ivan Khurs, can be seen approaching the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Farragut on Thursday, coming within 60 yards of the American ship’s stern, a U.S. official told ABC News.
“Due to their speed and rate of closure, they would have gotten too close to [the] Farragut, even possibly colliding if they had been allowed to continue,” the official said of the Ivan Khurs’ actions.
In response, the Farragut “sounded five short blasts, the international maritime signal for danger of a collision, and requested the Russian ship alter course in accordance with international rules of the road,” Fifth Fleet said in a statement. The Russian ship “initially refused” but then “ultimately altered course,” allowing the two ships to separate and narrowly avoid collision.
What the shit?
And guess what, this is not the first such incident:
Thursday’s incident is just the latest close call between American and Russian Navy ships.
Last June, the U.S. Navy guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville was forced to execute emergency maneuvers after a Russian destroyer came within several yards of the American ship, the U.S. Navy’s Seventh Fleet said.
The USS Chancellorsville was operating in the Philippine Sea when the Russian ship DD572 “maneuvered from behind and to the right of the Chancellorsville, accelerated, and closed to an unsafe distance” of between 50 and 100 feet.
The Russians blamed the American Navy for this last incident, but why in the hell were they even that close in the first place?
But then again, I guess this kind of bullying is to be expected when your leader makes the other country’s leader his little bitch.