Russian jet's 'simulated' attack on US ship
A Russian warplane flew within 30 feet of a U.S. Navy destroyer in the Baltic Sea Tuesday, according to a defense official.I would not call this a very realistic simulation since the plane would have been hit by an anti-aircraft missile well before it made its approach to the ship in war conditions. This is just more of Putin's Russia pretending to flex its muscles with an unarmed plane.
The Russian warplanes were conducting "simulated attacks" on the vessel, Military Times reported. Russian aircraft had already engaged in several aggressive moves on Monday.
Sailors aboard the USS Donald Cook said the Russian aircraft flew low enough to create a wake in the waters surrounding their ship. The ship's commanding officer said the incident was "unsafe and unprofessional."
"This was more aggressive than anything we've seen in some time," the anonymous defense official said. U.S. officials have not officially disclosed the incidents.
The Sukhoi Su-24 was described by U.S. sailors as "wings clean" — meaning no visible bombs or armaments were on the aircraft.
After a Russian helicopter made seven overflights and appeared to be taking photographs of the Navy ship Tuesday, the Su-24 began making "very low" overflights with a "simulated attack profile," the defense official said. The aircraft made a total of 11 flights.