Russian Fighter Jet Flies Within 50 Feet Of US Spy Plane Over Russian Naval Base

Tyler Durden's picture

Tensions continue to escalate between the US and Russia. As a reminder, Russia conducted several close encounter fly-bys when first a Russian Su-24 "buzzed" the US missile destroyer USS Donald Cook in the Baltic Sea, and just days later flew within 50 feet of a US recon plane also flying over the Baltic Sea. The U.S. quickly responded and complained vocally to Russia, followed quickly by the first deployment of US F-22 stealth fighter to Romania, in close proximity to both the Black Sea and 400 km from the Russian military stronghold of Sevastopol on the Crimean Peninsula.

It now appears there was a third incident involving an extremely close encounter. According to the Free Beacon, a Russian MiG-31 jet flew within 50 feet of a U.S. surveillance aircraft in Northeast Asia last week, in what was dubbed "Moscow’s latest aerial saber-rattling" against American ships and planes by US defense officials.

Russian Mig-31 planes

“On April 21, a U.S. Navy P-8 Maritime Patrol reconnaissance aircraft flying a routine mission in international airspace was intercepted by a MiG-31 Russian jet in the vicinity of the Kamchatka Peninsula,” Cmdr. Dave Benham, a spokesman for the Pacific Command, told the Washington Free Beacon. While Benham added that the intercept was “characterized as safe and professional" there was more to the story as another defense official familiar with the MiG-31 intercept said the jet flew within 50 feet of the P-8, a maritime patrol and anti-submarine warfare aircraft.

The WFB adds that the incident took place near the Russian city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, a port located on the southeastern end of the peninsula, which explains why Russia may not have been particularly enthused with a US spy plane flying virtually on top of its territory.

Kamchatka is Russia’s main military hub in the Pacific and the focus of a buildup of Russian military forces that Moscow has said is intended to match the U.S. military rebalance to Asia. Several military bases are located there, along with a major naval base. The peninsula is also the main impact range for Russian missile flight tests launched from the central part of the country.

Worse, the P-8 flight appears to have been part of an effort to spy on Russia’s deployment of a new missile submarine at Petropavlovsk, and since clearly the US was fully aware that Russia would respond unfavorably to this encroachment one wonders if the US wasn't merely acting to provoke its Russian counterparts into something more than merely a "safe and professional" response. 

The Russian navy’s Pacific Fleet conducted exercises in the Sea of Japan on April 22, a day after the P-8 was intercepted, according to a Twitter search. Russian naval forces from Kamchatka also carried out missile and artillery fire exercises in recent days. The WFB adds that the military activities may have also been a target of the P-8 surveillance operations.

In other words, the US was deploying spy planes in the immediate vicinity if not over Russian territory and was surprised when Russian engaged with an appropriate response. One wonders just how the US would react if Russian spyplanes were flying in the vicinity of Norfolk or San Diego.

Meanwhile the farce continued: on Capitol Hill, Defense Secretary Ash Carter told a Senate hearing on Wednesday that the recent incidents are an indicator of “tension that has built up in Europe especially over the last couple of years since events in Crimea and Ukraine.” Incident such as US spyplanes flying over critical Russian bases and being surprised by the reaction. 

On the recent buzzing of the Cook, Carter said “it is unprofessional behavior, and whether it is encouraged from the top, whether it was encouraged from higher up or not I can’t say. But we do expect it to be discouraged from higher up from now on,” he added. “These pilots need to get the word, ‘Hey, knock it off. This is unprofessional. This is dangerous. This could lead somewhere.’

Indeed: and the next time Carter wants it to certainly "lead somewhere", he should send not one spy plane but several F-22 on a routine fly by in the same area only to be surprised by the Russian reaction.

Meanwhile, retired Navy Capt. Jim Fanell said the close-in MiG-31 intercept is significant. “The 50-foot closest point of approach by Russian Far East MiG-31 Foxhound interceptors to a U.S. Pacific Fleet P-8 reconnaissance flight is an indicator the Russian Navy has likely transferred their first Dolgorukiy-class SSBN to the Pacific Fleet,” Fanell said, using the acronym for ballistic missile submarine.

The need to monitor new Russian missile submarines adds to the already overloaded requirements for U.S. submarine forces. “This clearly represents another clear and present danger to U.S. national security,” Fanell said. The “nation needs more ballistic missile and fast attack nuclear submarines, and fast.”

Meanwhile, as the US builds up its ballistic missile arsenal and attack subs, it will just have to make do with more such incursions in close proximity to Russia and be amazed at the "provocative" response.

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Looney's picture

The Russian pilot also threatened to release a laser-guided piece of shit, unless the Poseidon (P-8) retreats.  ;-)


Cognitive Dissonance's picture

This business will get out of control. It will get out of control and we'll be lucky to live through it.

<Do you suppose that's what they want? Rule number one when navigating a nation into an iceberg? Start a war.>

NidStyles's picture

What!?!?! Russian Fighters over a Russian NAVAL BASE!?!?!?!





No more brother wars. That includes Americans and Rooskies. Tell the Tribe to go fuck itself.

zeronetwork's picture

Apparently Russia believes this tiger ( US )has no teeth left.

Richard Chesler's picture

A homo POTUS is game for all opponents. So is a corrupt cunt.


1000 splendid suns's picture

According to Eustace Mullins, the cold war was a $5T hoax.  It's all kabuki with a little colateral damage.

J S Bach's picture

It's important to note the logistics of all of these anatagonitic fly-bys...

They are occurring very near Russia's borders.  Can we all just imagine the howls and wails we would hear from our side if these were happening say - off the coast of Florida from a Russian satellite base in Cuba?

I'm not defending either side, but wisdom demands that all perspectives be understood.

nope-1004's picture


But I"ve been phrasing it a little different.  See, American perspective is one of entitlement and arrogance.  We don't even understand why anyone would be upset if we, the privileged, spy over their air space.  We think it's our right.

That is the psychological blow-back that the next war will bring.  It's not going to be MiG vs Raptor, it's going to be "holy shit, .gov is cratering and my belief about how good we are was an illusion and is entirely baseless."  Watch neighborhoods and cities crumble internally once the curtain is pulled back. 


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santafe (not verified) nope-1004 Apr 28, 2016 7:07 PM

There's a SIMPLE REASON why the US is PROVOKING Russia.

Lore's picture

FO with your clickbait spam.

LieEnforcementOfficer's picture

These sorts of fly-bys happen all the time on BOTH sides, its only now that US Propaganda has decided to tell it to the sheeple in selective stories.

LieEnforcementOfficer's picture

Notice the footage from the Cook when the rooskies flew by no one even batted an eyelash? No defensive weapons were readied? This happens ALL THE TIME.

COSMOS's picture

WHy is the USA complaining, if they are in international space then so are the Russians right up to the point where they touch the USA plane.

Relentless's picture

We often hear in the UK press about RAF interceptions of Russian long range bombers and surveillance aircrat our over international waters. Why aren't the press screaming about how dangerous those pilots are? Its all prop-agit

Volkodav's picture

still lying....conflating Scythians with Khazars

The Khazars are a tribe of the turks

The claim that the Khazars were Scythians is completely without merit.

Scythians were Indo-European type, fair...See Scythian burials, many blondes and red hair fair euro

type...exact features as Scythian art depicts


XuscitizenSweden's picture

Kahzars =

Askenazis Jews =

Turk Jews =

Rothschild, CEO & Majority Shareholder.


*Ash[ole] Cater - The Rothschild Agent Running the Pentagon by Christopher Bollyn*

"....Ashton Carter has been cultivated for decades by the Rothschild banking family to serve their interests, which is what he is doing as U.S. Secretary of Defense. After graduating from Yale University in 1976, Carter went to study at Oxford, England, as a Rhodes Scholar for three years. Rhodes Scholarships are awarded by the Rhodes Trust, which is funded by his estate under the administration of Nathan Rothschild....... "

Lore's picture

It seems to me that much of the present old-guard war-hawk brass in the American military needs to be retired.  They seem eager to make a last-ditch effort to demonstrate that they can 'get it up,' so to speak, to the long term detriment of YOUR sons and daughters. This does not seem like a wise basis for decisions in foreign policy, particularly at this sensitive juncture.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Not when you want war.

The last thing you want is wisdom, perspective and understanding when warmongering.

J S Bach's picture

Touché, CD.  Of course, my comments usually contain an idealistic smattering of naiveté.  I still dream of a world of honest statesmen.  But, where Ziomaniacs rule the day, I suppose you're right.

Lynx Dogood's picture

Bump! Truth is hard to see for most.

Victorio's picture

Thank you for making the "truthiest"and relevant statement on the whole page, including the article.

Funny how what is true and pertinent gets little response or fanfare. 


Antifaschistische's picture

       “This clearly represents another clear and present danger to U.S. national security,” Fanell said. The “nation needs more ballistic missile and fast attack nuclear submarines, and fast.”


Allow me to interpret...

General Dynamics (NYSE:GD) and Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII) are suffering and need some fresh LARGE contracts.  We will not go to war with Russia even if they shoot down a recon plane...we will sacrifice the plane, and the crew, for the good of the future Submarine builders and their stockholders.


HardAssets's picture

F-22s ?

Theyre probably more dangerous to their pilots than the Migs.

Calmyourself's picture

"This clearly represents another clear and present danger to U.S. national security,” Fanell said. The “nation needs more ballistic missile and fast attack nuclear submarines, and fast.”

Of course we do faster the better has anyone seen the stock price of GE and General Dynamics??

These US executives have not upgraded their yachts in 3-4 years, there is a serious yacht gap with the Russkie oligarchs its embarrassing..  Close the Yacht gap America its the safe thing to do, for the children

BarkingCat's picture

Let's check if Fannel sits on any boards of directors for a company that would be supplying such submarines or their equipment.

tonyw's picture

bot until he leaves the service

Rakshas's picture

ooh I love movie quote night ........


"kill all they send and they will stop coming....." 

Freddie's picture

I like the Russians.  They are serious and smart f*cks. 

American (whites) males sit around watching their Trayvon ball team thug heroes like little girls or updating their Facebook pages.

The Russians must laugh because the big American fighter pilot move - Top Gun is incredibly gheey

F***king Top Gun was like Grease with F-14s.   Val Kilmer must die from embarassment.

What a joke.  More shit spewed out by Zollywood,.

tarsubil's picture

Time to watch Threads again.

flaminratzazz's picture

No thanks, I had to give threads up when the baby started suffering.. that show was brutal. I thought the road was bad, threads kicked its ass for brutality.

logicalman's picture

I lived in Sheffield when Threads came out. Every scene was a familiar place to me.

A good friend of mine managed to acquire the sign on the tennis courts used to contain people in the movie.

Scary and brutal as fuck.

Should be required viewing, along with the original black and white version of All Quiet on the Western Front.

If you are looking to get really depressed, watch When The Wind Blows.

N0TaREALmerican's picture
N0TaREALmerican (not verified) Apr 28, 2016 5:09 PM

Only Ted Cruz has the neo-con male credentials to handle the Vlad.     Join me and vote for Ted.     Make Merica mighty again !

Transformer's picture

Surely you jest.  I just heard today that Ted is a lyin' son of a bitch.

sixsigma cygnusatratus's picture

I heard that Ted was Lucifer in the flesh.  And don't call me Shirley.

Whalley World's picture

I have it on good authority that Satan can't throw a baseball.

undertow1141's picture

 "There's no reason to become alarmed, and we hope you'll enjoy the rest of your flight. By the way, is there anyone on board who knows how to fly a plane?"

Freddie's picture

My guess is this is why Heidi married Ted.  He got her a job at satanic Goldman Sachs.

nevertheless's picture

Ted Cruz is a Zionist traitorous piece of Canadian shit, who is only surpassed as the filthiest shit on earth, by Hitlery Clinton. 

Whalley World's picture

I just got it, blame Canada for the Cuban American and invade.

DeusHedge's picture

haha zach id ont HaVe to be in the tribe to give you this... gift. ..l.. :) k?

Nobody For President's picture

Hey Not, you forgot the /sarc tag....

Was that on purpose?

European American's picture

"Tensions continue to escalate between the US and Russia."

Well Mother Fuckers, quit spying and get the fuck out of there! Case solved. Let Peace Reign for a change.