Caught On Tape: US Destroyer Comes 'Dangerously Close' To Russian Patrol Boat In The Med

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Another day, another report of a US encounter with Russia - it is certainly becoming a routine event. In a statement made on Tuesday, the USS Gravely approached the Yaroslav Mudry, a Russian frigate, on June 17, passing at a distance of 55 meters (180ft), the Defense Ministry said in a statement.

The US guided-missile destroyer Gravely breached international safety rules by coming withing dangerous proximity of the Yaroslav Mudry in the eastern Mediterranean, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

According to the statement, the warship's captain and crew violated the international Regulations for Preventing Collisions at sea (COLREGS) which govern the conduct of two or more vessels when they meet at sea in order to prevent dangerous situations.

From RT

The US sailors, in particular, neglected Rule 13, which stipulates that an overtaking vessel must keep out of the way of the vessel being overtaken,” the Defense Ministry said. It added that the USS Gravely had also violated Rule 15, which says that a vessel that has another vessel on the starboard side must yield and avoid crossing ahead of her.


The ministry also said the Pentagon should take note of such incidents rather than accuse the Russian Air Force and Navy of unprofessional conduct. “US sailors allow themselves to neglect key foundations of navigation safety without thinking of the consequences that dangerous maneuvering in a heavily trafficked maritime area might involve.”


The USS Gravely is an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer capable of carrying an Aegis missile defense system. She was commissioned in 2010 and sent to her first overseas deployment in the eastern Mediterranean three years later.


Yaroslav Mudry, a Russian-made Neustrashimy-class frigate, has seen service with the Russian Navy’s Baltic Fleet. She was spotted near Malta Earlier in June, reportedly heading to the eastern part of the Mediterranean to join Russia’s maritime task force off Syrian shores.

Unlike many of the claims made recently by the US regarding unsafe incidents, Russia has what is allegedly a video of the event.

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Lorca's Novena's picture

Putin, dont fall for the trap! #americansforrussia

NoDebt's picture

With absolutely no reference point on the horizon it's difficult to tell who turned towards who(m).  Would have been a better video if they were going at eachother head-on and played chicken to see who would turn first.

iAmerican's picture

The captain of the Gravely was obviously - somewhat deftly - screwing with the Russians, who held course boldly.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) iAmerican Jun 29, 2016 9:10 AM

I always said Barry thinks he is FDR, if he can start WW3 he can stay on.

jay35's picture

Americans got caught because they forgot Russia is world capital of dashcams.

American Psycho's picture

If it's not within "50 feet" I'm not interested.

mofio's picture

The truth about the conflict with Russia:

Volkodav's picture

Not the truth. Scythians burials DNA documented strong European type.... Beautiful Black Sea Women.

Khazar is TurkishMongol 

You persist this lie, even removed reference to Gawler after I exposed your error.

Anyone can look even simple WIKI Scythians vs Khazar see no connection

what is your interest to spread disinformation lie?

from multiple accounts btw....

iAmerican's picture

Christ-killers Gog-branch and Christ-killers Babylon-branch work together now, just as they did on Golgotha and during the 2,000 year "Wall Street of slavery" at Rome.

Rome is weakest in America and Russia so they pit us against each other when God's Truth is we are natural friends.

Lorca's Novena's picture

Agreed, but how many times have the 'evil' russkies dared to start a conflict with the west recently? I swear that the insane MIC and central bankers want a damn ww3 no matter what happens or who wins.

MilwaukeeMark's picture

The NeoCons think in terms of playing chicken.
The Russian's are binary.
Putin will remain patient until he won't.

BorisTheBlade's picture

Putin is very patient even by Russian standards that i can tell you. Most Russians in his place would say 'fuck it' by now.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) NoDebt Jun 29, 2016 9:11 AM

We don't belong anywhere near Russia.

We have 800 bases around the world, this whole thing is evil.

SubjectivObject's picture

Look closely, there is a stationary point on the horizon.

Sonic the porcupine's picture

I don't think ships can move perpendicular to their wake.

TommyD88's picture

Just to clearify who had the right of way here..


International reconized "Rules of the Road" as it applies to seamanship states the following.

Rule 15 Crossing Situation

When two power-driven vessels are crossing so as to involve risk of collision, the vessel which has the other on her own starboard side shall keep out of the way and shall, if the circumstances of the case admit, avoid crossing ahead of the other vessel.


Pretty clear as it is meant to be.

The Russian vessel was "Starboard"  or to the right of the American vessel and it appears the American vessel is overtaking the Russian vessel.  The Russian vessel had the right of way under  International reconized rules of the road.. The American vessel was obligated to avoid the Russian vessel and as the rule is written, the American vessel in this case should have avoided crossing AHEAD of the Russian vessel..

Nothing happened however if it had the American vessel would have most likely been at fault.  Of course the American Captian was making a statement but it was a poor display of command by any measurement of seamanship.  And yes the situation would be considered close by maritime standards. Totally unwarranted and unnecessary placement of lives and high value assets into a possible unsafe situation.  Accidents happen and accidents onboard ships can cost lives.



Psycho's picture

Not close enough!

SoDamnMad's picture

Complete and utter bull. Go to YouTube and look up the 1988 ramming of the USS Caron and te Russian shipcamein on the starboard side.

HenryHall's picture

Different rules apply on the high seas as contrasted with warships that ignore warnings not to trespass in territorial waters.

Quantum Bunk's picture

In February 1988, Caron operating with Yorktown, entered Soviet 7 miles ) territorial waters limit in the Black Sea off the Crimean Peninsula. Under international law, this act could be permissible...

SirBarksAlot's picture

Starboard boats have the right-of-way.

Sledge750's picture

Those were Soviets.


Russia wasn't a country in 1988

ack's picture

Boys will be boys...

HenryHall's picture

The US Navy has very poor standards of seamanship modernly. It's not reasonable to expect them to sail safely at all times.

TheABaum's picture

Maybe they spend too much time on gay pride and diversity exercises.

Bernardo Gui's picture

The Russians are in desperate need of being put in their place.  Unfortunately, Obama enjoys being pecker slapped by the little man in the Kremlin.

remain calm's picture

The US is looking for a war so they can divert the electorates attention away from the suck ass economy and pending economic collapse. US politicians have no problem sacrificing American life to save their own.

1033eruth's picture

Why don't we just stick you in the Octagon with a Russian instead?  Or better yet rumpkin, lets just stick you in the octagon with an American that is sick and tired of idiots beating war drums.  I'll volunteer.

Shemp 4 Victory's picture


Unfortunately, Obama enjoys being pecker slapped by the little man in the Kremlin.

You envy Obama's position and your jealousy burns brightly.

Jump higher, then go in the ass to Lyashko.

cheech_wizard's picture

Amateur marraige counselor? Oh wait, I skipped the first word, "Attorney"...

I knew there was something I didn't like about you even before clicking over to reading your profile.

Standard Disclaimer: Have you ever noticed a certain miasmic odor in the air whenever more than a single attorney gathers?  

rejected's picture

A fine  example of a brain dead  American football zero. Always the tough guy from a thousand feet. It would almost be worth the incineration to watch the chickenshits expression just before incineration.  Just as this post demonstrates, it has nothing to do with being right or wrong,,,  just putting someone else in their "rightful" place.

Gavrikon's picture

Have you ever considered suicide as a means to self-improvement?

War Machine's picture

I'm sorry, you must be an ignorant cunt.

You meant to type ''

It's what zionist chickenhawks read when they're not touching children.

Al Bondiga's picture

Yeah, that's what we need a war with Russia. It'll fix everything, and we'll get to show what big tough guys we are. Does that get you exited?
By your dick slapping reference I imagine you're into that sort of thing. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

Volkodav's picture

Russian vessel was on righteous course.

otherwise, you are welcome arrive Moscow for personal effort...

Max Steel's picture

The destroyer was already moving faster than the Frigate, probably caught up to the Yaroslav and overtook it and adjusted its vector to intersect the Yaroslav. Burke's are not exactly speedsters. They DID violate sea etiquette passing on the left. If there was a collision it's pretty easy to draw fault in this sort of case, and tort is no joke. The commander on the Burke class probably got a verbal on this one.

Silver Swan's picture

It's all fun and games until until someone gets a prop tangled in a dragline. Then it's just fun; no more games.

FreezeThese's picture
FreezeThese (not verified) Jun 29, 2016 8:47 AM

Complaints of speeding through no-wake zones next? Ohh oh let's stop 'em with Coast Guard and issue life vest citations? Wait no water hoses Whale Wars style and drench 'em at the dock?


Teasing on playground no good - Teasing on water with armed destroyers fun

atthelake's picture

American traitors are pushing for war with Russia and, sooner or later, they'll get it.

1033eruth's picture

Yeah, makes you wonder where the Tylers fit in this equation because they republish every single last flyby and other "close encounter".  They don't miss a one.  

This type of shit is so unimportant in the big picture but the Tylers beat us over the head with it every other day.  

I'm thinking the agenda is that it helps to support the gold ponzi scheme.  That's probably why they do it. 

techpriest's picture

Re: the gold Ponzi, if you price a house in gold the historical range is between 100-700 ounces. We are still in that range. If you don't like gold because you think it's an unpredictable commodity, that's fine, but unpredictable commodities are not a Ponzi.

el mago's picture
el mago (not verified) atthelake Jun 29, 2016 9:31 AM

I think you mean the dual Israeli citizens in the US government!

dogismycopilot's picture

The US Navy is hiring illegal aliens and making them Surface Warfare Officers as part of an Affirmative Action program.

The Russians are lucky they didn't get hit because that fucking wetback probably didn't have any insurance. 

krispkritter's picture

Why'd they cancel Drivers Ed in Mexico?  The donkey died. 

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

MisterMousePotato's picture

I wish I had the ability to say stuff like that like Sen. Thompson did, and thereby have people pay attention to what I say.


Similarly, Michael Cain as Alfred in Batman observing that "some men just want to watch the world burn."

ali-ali-al-qomfri's picture

well that certainy explains why he's ridin' so low in the water,

the very small steering wheel is also harder to control when you're cruising so fast.

MisterMousePotato's picture

Yeah, but it lets them drive with handcuffs on.

dogismycopilot's picture

Truth hurts. 


7. affirmative action and equal opportunity in the military

A cancellation of the Navy’s Affirmative Action instruction combined with a trend toward the all-encompassing “diversity” term may lead to a watering down of efforts to recruit and retain minorities, particularly in the Navy’s officer corps. This paper reviews the relevant history, legislation, and diversity and affirmative action policies from an “ends, ways, and means” perspective. The author uses the 2003 Supreme Court decision on the affirmative action practices of the University of Michigan as a green light to continue military affirmative action programs. 

IronForge's picture

Mr. Pilot,

Links to Source(s), pls.  One of those Amnesty to College Credits to OCS, perhaps?

Meanwhile, We've Asian American NFOs selling off Military Info to CHN.  Strangely enough, this guy's surname sure sounds like the one belonging to a POS MS1 who always failed every Messing and Berthing Inspection made by my Ship's XO.  The POS even had the gall to call up a Mast suggesting that I was being "racially prejudiced" against him - Total waste of Time.