Russian Fighter Jet Flies Repeatedly Within 1000 Yards Of US Warship In The Black Sea

Tyler Durden's picture

As we reported last Friday, a second US warship, the destroyer Donald Cook, crossed the Bosphorus last week and entered the Black Sea at precisely the time when NATO was arguing that its encroaching presence around Russia should not spook anyone. Apparently it spooked someone, namely Russia, which over the weekend decided to give the Americans a warm welcome. As AP reports, "A U.S. military official says a Russian fighter jet made multiple, close-range passes near an American warship in the Black Sea for more than 90 minutes Saturday amid escalating tensions in the region."

From AP:

The official says the fighter flew within 1,000 yards of the USS Donald Cook, a Navy destroyer, at about 500 feet above sea level, saying this prompted ship commanders to issue several radio warnings. The fighter appeared to be unarmed and the passes ended without incident.


In the first public account of the incident, the official said the Russian Fencer flew within 1,000 yards of the USS Donald Cook, a Navy destroyer, at about 500 feet above sea level. Ship commanders considered the actions provocative and inconsistent with international agreements, prompting the ship to issue several radio queries and warnings.


The fighter appeared to be unarmed and never was in danger of coming in contact with the ship, said the official, who was not authorized to talk publicly by name about the encounter so spoke on condition of anonymity. The passes, which occurred in the early evening there, ended without incident.


The official also said that a Russian Navy ship, a frigate, has been shadowing the U.S. warship, remaining within visual distance but not close enough to be unsafe.


The USS Donald Cook has been conducting routine operations in international waters east of Romania. The ship, which carries helicopters, was deployed to the Black Sea on April 10, in the wake of the Russian military takeover of Ukraine's Crimea region and ongoing unrest there.

It is unclear if Russia was simply marking what is clearly considers its own expanded territorial waters, or if the Su-24 pilots were just being friendly.

Curious where the ship is now? It is currently at anchor in the Romanian port of Constanca where it welcomed the country's president Basescu:

The forward deployed guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) welcomed aboard Romanian President Traian B?sescu while the ship was in port in Constanta, April 14.




President B?sescu was met by members of the U.S. Embassy and Donald Cook’s commanding officer Cmdr. Scott Jones. He was then given a tour of the ship, including the Navigation Bridge, Combat Information Center and Engineering Control.





Donald Cook, the first of four Arleigh Burke-class destroyers to be forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is serving on a scheduled patrol in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations as part of the President's European Phased Adaptive Approach (EPAA) to ballistic missile defense in Europe.




U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts a full range of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation missions in concert with coalition, joint, interagency, and other parties in order to advance security and stability in Europe and Africa.

And to confirm that military overflights are hardly an isolated event around the Ukraine, moments ago photos were taken of a military helicopter flying over downtown Donestk in the east Ukraine, which as is widely known, is largely in the hands of "pro Russian separatists."

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HFBondsTrader's picture

pictures or it didnt' happen!

Murf_DaSurf's picture




I'll take one order of Gulf of Tonkin to go, hold the rice!

Pladizow's picture

What if the Russian Navy was the same distance from the US?

Say, "humanitarian" efforts in Cuba?

Grande Tetons's picture

That would be a completely different and exactly the same situation.  

kliguy38's picture

Lindsey Graham would board the Russian Destroyer and take on all comers "single handed".........

Stackers's picture

News 2034: Hagle admits Russians never did fly bys of US warships says: "oops, the radar operators were just a little excited that day"

StacksOnStacks's picture

Yes, Lindsey would be blowing every man out there but that's not the point!

fonestar's picture

If Maverick and Goose are there, things should be okay.

Oh regional Indian's picture

Theater and "in concert"...all a stage.....drama

but while are killing, let us kill the blog-O-sphere...


Chupacabra-322's picture

Another bump because they have been disappearing:

Goat bearded BLM spokesman at cattle gate is a Green Beret. Took me two days to finally find this. At 3:42 first appearance in video - Afghanistan:
Federal Agencies deploying mercs on US citizens. I out the merc here:

chunga's picture

SHit that looks just like him.

I think it's the same guy; if you ask me. Nice work.

mjcOH1's picture

"News 2034: Hagle admits Russians never did fly bys of US warships says: "oops, the radar operators were just a little excited that day""


These are not the planes you are looking for.   There is no-one calling bluff on the Kenyan's bluster.   Our Twitter campaign stands unchallenged.  

We now return you to the Honey Boo-Boo show, already in progress.

Anusocracy's picture

The jet was only dropping leaflets advertising that the Crimean McDonalds were under new management.

Surly Bear's picture

Steven Seagal called, he said 'You don't have the balls.'

FEDbuster's picture

FEDs can't catch a break.  Between Bunkerville on Saturday and this, they are becoming the Rodney Dangerfields of the world.

Seer's picture

Yeah, it's getting harder and harder to give cover to the banksters...

FEDbuster's picture

Looks like the cat's out of the bag for Dirty Harry and his Chinese partners:

Evil Peanut's picture

While everyone is distracted...


Nations Largest Cocaine Smuggler Revealed: The DEA

FEDbuster's picture

Now we just need to expose the world's largest heroin dealer, the CIA.

brockhardman's picture

The headline says "repeatedly".  I think it meant to say "reportedly".  Actually, scratch that.  Repeatedly is probably more accurate...

TheMeatTrapper's picture

That is amazing work - that video needs to be posted on Drudge!

Zymurguy's picture

The video of those "BLM Agents" using dogs and tasers... don't see one of them wearing a badge.  They all have BLM law enforcement uni's on w/ duty/tac' belts - but one very important piece of their uniform is missing - that badge that says they are truly a law enforcement officer.  I'm guessing those guys in the vid' are just hired thugs - they got the cows, that's all they needed to do, that's why they backed down and left - they really had no other mission and couldn't actually arrest anyone.

Patriot Eke's picture

Putin was the pilot, right?  I'm sure Banzai is working his magic already...

Manthong's picture

The Rooskie could have considered giving a respectful salute to the ship..

Depending on the temp and humidity, about 1.1 Mach should have been adequate.

Ying-Yang's picture

Maverick: Tower, this is Ghost rider requesting a flyby.
Air Boss Johnson: That’s a negative Ghost rider, the pattern is full.

Tapeworm's picture

Gee, I wonder why the Ubangi goomint sent a sitting duck ship "IN HARMS WAY" to troll for just this reaction.

 The finger flipping crew can only do that as they are only a target.Maybe they know of what happened to the USS Liberty when that went down so poorly.

Seize Mars's picture

Good one, thanks.
People need to get over this whole "when the SHTF our military will save us" meme.
These fuckers are all bad, all day long.

FEDbuster's picture

I am pretty sure the video was from Saturday afternoon.  The Vegas PD and NV State Police stayed up on I-15 for crowd and traffic control.  The BLM, mercenaries and Clark Co. Sheriff Dept. were down under the bridges with the freedom fighters.

rainingFrogs's picture

good eye. Looks the same to me.

kchrisc's picture

He may want to be more careful with his identity, being that he is an oath and Article 3, Section 3 violator.

"I named my guillotines Article 3, he's the smart one, and Section 3, he's very artistic."

Radical Marijuana's picture

This link confirms what many previous comments on Zero Hedge have been saying about the apparently verified facts behind the Bundy Ranch situation:

Seer's picture

Same as it's ever been...  And "victory" will be what?

Do people demand a really just system? Well, we'll arrange it so that they'll be satisfied with one that's a little less unjust ... They want a revolution, and we'll give them reforms -- lots of reforms; we'll drown them in reforms. Or rather, we'll drown them in promises of reforms, because we'll never give them real ones either!!

- DARIO FO, Accidental Death of an Anarchist

Govt will always harbor the most power and violence (which is why is scoff that the notion of a "small govt"- like being a little pregnant; the crooks will ALWAYS attach themselve to the levers of power).

Freddie's picture

Top Gun was so cool.  If Val Kilmer had been a man he would have beaten Tom Cruise with a lead pipe. 

Seems like the USS Donald Cook has an interesting crew.  Where is their home port?  Detroit?  The Russian will just laugh at feral Amerikans.  Keep watching TV and Hollywoods shit like morons.

Ayr Rand's picture

Yes, Prime Minister Puta will succeed. At getting that $200 fee for services. Good Puta, good Puta. Sort of explains why Russian per capita wealth is 50% of China. Keep it up Puta, continue to destroy  what would otherwise be a wonderful country. 

Anusocracy's picture

Sorry, Putin is the President of Russia.

RazvanM's picture

It was yesterday, but today it may decide it is the Prime Minister ;)

shpov's picture

Where do these figures come from?

TheReplacement's picture

Goose is deader than a bitcoin.

chiswickcat's picture

Yeah, fake photo, the Goose is cooked. We all saw him die, and Cruise cried real salty tears.

remain calm's picture

Maverick don't need Goose. Maverick can take them all by himself.

old naughty's picture

so Hagel said no Russians fly by, hummmmmm.


Charlie: Excuse me, Lieutenant. Is there something wrong?

Maverick: Yes ma'am, the data on the MiG is inaccurate.

Charlie: How's that, Lieutenant?

Maverick: Well, I just happened to see a MiG 28 do a...

Goose: We!

Maverick: Uh, sorry, Goose. *We* happened to see a MiG 28 do a 4g negative dive.

Charlie: Where did you see this?

Maverick: Uh, that's classified.

Charlie: It's what?

Maverick: It's classified. I could tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.


There you are.

mikextx's picture

Shut up and go eat your bitcoins.

Headbanger's picture

No... That would be Lindsay Lohan!

But seriously, that was probably a recon aircraft getting the ships tracking radar signatures for jamming puposes later on.

Carpenter1's picture

Flyovers, flyby's and warnings. Truly we live in a day of cowards. Where I grew up, giving a warning was proof you were scared shitless and guaranteed you were about to get beaten badly.

ParkAveFlasher's picture

You are talking about the decision to send a single destroyer specifically to provoke an attack, yes?  The recon ship probably probed the vessel's girth on a data-gathering run.  You can never have enough data.

Anusocracy's picture

USS Donald Duck, expensive future fish hotel.

Gunboat diplomacy is so 18th century.

Poundsand's picture

Lindsey might be tempted to try, but he can't pee without McCain holding onto his sclong.

CrimsonAvenger's picture

You really think Lindsay Graham is going to get his hands dirty with seamen?