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

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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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Mon, 04/14/2014 - 11:48 | 4657035 HFBondsTrader
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pictures or it didnt' happen!

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 11:51 | 4657053 Murf_DaSurf
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I'll take one order of Gulf of Tonkin to go, hold the rice!

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 11:54 | 4657055 Pladizow
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What if the Russian Navy was the same distance from the US?

Say, "humanitarian" efforts in Cuba?

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 11:56 | 4657073 Grande Tetons
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That would be a completely different and exactly the same situation.  

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 12:00 | 4657102 kliguy38
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Lindsey Graham would board the Russian Destroyer and take on all comers "single handed".........

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 12:04 | 4657122 Stackers
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News 2034: Hagle admits Russians never did fly bys of US warships says: "oops, the radar operators were just a little excited that day"

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 12:10 | 4657164 StacksOnStacks
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Yes, Lindsey would be blowing every man out there but that's not the point!

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 12:13 | 4657181 fonestar
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If Maverick and Goose are there, things should be okay.

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 12:30 | 4657244 Oh regional Indian
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Theater and "in concert"...all a stage.....drama

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


Mon, 04/14/2014 - 12:31 | 4657251 Chupacabra-322
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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:

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 12:40 | 4657278 chunga
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SHit that looks just like him.

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

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 13:59 | 4657550 mjcOH1
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"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.

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 16:22 | 4658088 Anusocracy
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The jet was only dropping leaflets advertising that the Crimean McDonalds were under new management.

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 21:32 | 4659151 Surly Bear
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Steven Seagal called, he said 'You don't have the balls.'

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 21:54 | 4659231 FEDbuster
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FEDs can't catch a break.  Between Bunkerville on Saturday and this, they are becoming the Rodney Dangerfields of the world.

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 22:33 | 4659345 Seer
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Yeah, it's getting harder and harder to give cover to the banksters...

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 23:19 | 4659500 FEDbuster
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Looks like the cat's out of the bag for Dirty Harry and his Chinese partners:

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 23:40 | 4659535 Evil Peanut
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While everyone is distracted...


Nations Largest Cocaine Smuggler Revealed: The DEA

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 23:48 | 4659548 FEDbuster
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Now we just need to expose the world's largest heroin dealer, the CIA.

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 00:37 | 4659625 brockhardman
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The headline says "repeatedly".  I think it meant to say "reportedly".  Actually, scratch that.  Repeatedly is probably more accurate...

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 13:09 | 4657391 TheMeatTrapper
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That is amazing work - that video needs to be posted on Drudge!

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 13:14 | 4657403 Zymurguy
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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.

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 13:28 | 4657441 Patriot Eke
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Putin was the pilot, right?  I'm sure Banzai is working his magic already...

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 13:32 | 4657464 Manthong
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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.

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 14:01 | 4657560 Ying-Yang
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Maverick: Tower, this is Ghost rider requesting a flyby.
Air Boss Johnson: That’s a negative Ghost rider, the pattern is full.

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 19:20 | 4657689 Manthong
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Tue, 04/15/2014 - 05:07 | 4659846 Tapeworm
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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.

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 13:17 | 4657414 Seize Mars
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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.

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 14:33 | 4657652 Philalethian
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Looks as though this is far from over.

Round two?



Mon, 04/14/2014 - 23:22 | 4659332 FEDbuster
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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.

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 15:02 | 4657703 rainingFrogs
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good eye. Looks the same to me.

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 16:19 | 4658078 kchrisc
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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."

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 20:14 | 4658898 Radical Marijuana
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This link confirms what many previous comments on Zero Hedge have been saying about the apparently verified facts behind the Bundy Ranch situation:

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 22:58 | 4659427 Seer
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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).

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 13:16 | 4657412 Freddie
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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.

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 13:55 | 4657520 Ayr Rand
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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. 

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 13:58 | 4657546 Anusocracy
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Sorry, Putin is the President of Russia.

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 00:54 | 4659644 RazvanM
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It was yesterday, but today it may decide it is the Prime Minister ;)

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 06:27 | 4659884 shpov
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Where do these figures come from?

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 14:29 | 4657633 TheReplacement
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Goose is deader than a bitcoin.

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 16:12 | 4658045 chiswickcat
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Yeah, fake photo, the Goose is cooked. We all saw him die, and Cruise cried real salty tears.

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 18:18 | 4658498 remain calm
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Maverick don't need Goose. Maverick can take them all by himself.

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 22:43 | 4659387 old naughty
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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.

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 20:35 | 4658985 mikextx
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Shut up and go eat your bitcoins.

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 12:10 | 4657144 Headbanger
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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.

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 12:44 | 4657306 Carpenter1
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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.

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 12:53 | 4657341 ParkAveFlasher
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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.

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 14:08 | 4657581 Anusocracy
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USS Donald Duck, expensive future fish hotel.

Gunboat diplomacy is so 18th century.

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 12:09 | 4657158 Poundsand
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Lindsey might be tempted to try, but he can't pee without McCain holding onto his sclong.

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 12:26 | 4657236 CrimsonAvenger
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You really think Lindsay Graham is going to get his hands dirty with seamen?

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