Russian jets just buzzed a U.S. destroyer in the Black Sea

USS Porter

A statement by U.S. Defense Department spokeswoman Michellle Baldanza said, "Several incidents by multiple Russian aircraft in the Black Sea near the destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) on February 10 were assessed by the ship's commanding officer as unsafe and unprofessional".

In a separate incident, two further unarmed SU-24s came to within 300 yards of the destroyer.

The US labelled the incidents unsafe and unprofessional, but the Russian Defense Ministry says no such incidents occurred.

He also gave details of the Russian military jets, claiming that two Russian Su-24 jets and a larger IL-38 were involved in such incident.

The incident took place February 10 and involved the USS Porter, a guided missile destroyer, fending off low flights by what the commander of the ship regarded as potentially unsafe flybys.

At the time of the incident Baldanza said the destroyer was "conducting routine maritime operations in global waters in the Black Sea following the conclusion of Exercise Sea Shield". The commander of Porter determined the actions were unsafe and unprofessional.


The USS Porter took part in Sea Shield, an annual worldwide military exercise, last week.

In 2016, asked about a Russian fighter jet barrel-rolling next to a United States ship, Donald Trump suggested the Navy has "gotta shoot" if Vladimir Putin ignored calls to stop.

The ship departed the Black Sea Friday after wrapping up training. In addition to the destroyer, a P-8A maritime patrol aircraft took part.

Moscow has repeatedly voiced concerns over NATO's military activity on its borders. Judging by the videos released by the US Navy at the time, the sailors aboard the USS Donald Cook were unperturbed by the Russian aerobatic skills and instead gathered on the top deck of the destroyer to watch and comment on the Su-24's maneuvers.

The three recent incidents were reportedly less provocative than Russia's buzzing of the USS Donald Cook in the Baltic Sea in April previous year with two Sukhoi Su-24 Fencers.

Related News:

  • Family pays tribute to 'loving, energetic boy' killed in Topshop

    He was pronounced dead in hospital just an hour after the incident which happened at 4.15pm, Thames Valley Police said. Following a tragic accident in which a 10-year-old child was killed, Topshop has recalled the display units involved.
    Hundreds order arrangements for Valentine's Day

    Hundreds order arrangements for Valentine's Day

    At the end of 2014, roughly 55 producers in eight countries held fair trade certification for flowers and plants, Marron said. But lots of other flowers are good for Valentine's Day too, like orchids. "The guys usually are the ones who (buy) flowers".
    China consumer inflation quickens to 2.5% in January

    China consumer inflation quickens to 2.5% in January

    The minerals segment, however, saw the rate of inflation almost doubling in January to 25.4% from 12.9% in December. The WPI for January'17 is significantly higher than the WPI of (-) 1.07% for the corresponding month past year .
  • Aetna and Humana call off their $34 billion merger

    Both companies would have combined to form the second-largest health insurer in the US. This August 2011 photo shows the entrance to the Humana building, in Louisville, Ky.

    Chrissy Teigen trying to avoid another red carpet faux pas

    We're having ramen", she declared in the first video, showing off her silky, orange outfit change. Teigen, 31, continued to narrate the whole ordeal, explaining, "Okay, he's taking it off...
    Flynn privately discussed USA  sanctions against Russian Federation  before Trump took office

    Flynn privately discussed USA sanctions against Russian Federation before Trump took office

    Flynn needs to clarify what happened, or risk losing his credibility with National Security Council colleagues and the public. US officials have said Flynn's calls with Kislayk were picked up as part of routine surveillance of the Russian diplomat.
  • Dubai to commence unmanned aerial taxi service

    Al Tayer revealed that the city plans to use an autonomous aerial vehicle (AAV) produced by Chinese drone specialist Ehang. It has a seat that appears to be out of a race vehicle and destinations are chosen from the touchpad screen of the craft.

    Fire Burns In Disneyland Parking Garage

    Four of the seven people who suffered from smoke inhalation were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Although the cause of the fire is under investigation, the Anaheim Police Department said that no foul play is suspected.
    Conte Admits Chelsea Disappointment With One Point At Burnley

    Conte Admits Chelsea Disappointment With One Point At Burnley

    There should perhaps be a little concern over Diego Costa, whose goal drought - if we can call it that - stands at three games. Burnley won a point from a losing position in the PL for the first time since the 1-1 draw at Chelsea on 21 February 2015.
  • New Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross named and revealed

    Mitsubishi has unveiled the name for its new CUV as the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross. It will be revealed in full at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

    Melissa McCarthy Returns to 'SNL' as Sean Spicer

    He revealed some of the terrorist attacks that the press hadn't written about. 'It is real , ' Spicer says. Spicer didn't immediately respond to a request for comment on his portrayal. "Duh, 'that isn't real ".
    Girl Scout robbed at gunpoint in California; police donate $1K

    Girl Scout robbed at gunpoint in California; police donate $1K

    Police didn't offer much information about a description of the suspect, other than it was a male between 16 and 19 years old. The department posted a photo on Facebook Thursday showing the mother being presented with the check.


Most liked

German economy grows moderately in last quarter of 2016
The index for investors' future expectations fell by 6.2 points to 10.4 points last month, Mannheim-based ZEW said in a statement. The Current Conditions Index dropped to 76.4 this month from 77.3 in January, worse than expectations for a reading of 77.2.

Speed a possible factor in Taiwan bus crash that killed 32
At least 32 people were killed and more were taken to hospital after a tour bus crashed on a highway in Taiwan on Tuesday night. Pictures from the scene of the crash show the bus lying on its side with rescuers checking over the site for survivors.

Massive Cheese Recall In Progress Due To Listeria
The Sara Lee recall involves 734 cases of cheese distributed in Alabama, California, Louisiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Texas. A supplier notified Sargento that a Longhorn Colby cheese that supplied may contain a form of Listeria .

Silver, Jordan help cool down Oakley-Dolan feud
After Oakley's arrest, Dolan suggested Oakley might have an alcohol problem, which the former Knicks forward denied. Oakley was arrested and charged with three misdemeanor counts of assault and one misdemeanor count of trespassing.

The search for life: NASA to deploy robotic probe to Europa
Now, the space agency has detailed - in a Science Definition Team (SDT) report - a mission to send a lander to the icy moon. Then, they will collect data which will help them in the preparation for an actual landing on the icy moon of Jupiter.

Gambia set to rejoin Commonwealth under new president
According to state media, Gambia's government has notified the United Nations of its intention to remain in the ICC. Mr Jammeh took The Gambia out of the Commonwealth in 2013, calling it a neo-colonial institution.

Appeals court will vote on rehearing ban ruling
Martosko said he wasn't sure whether Trump had the earpiece in earlier, during the beginning of the press conference. The Justice Department said in a statement it is "considering its options" in response to Thomas' request.

Direct control: Mass Effect: Andromeda's single-player campaign can be played offline
Aside from not being open-world, Gamble shared some of the things that players can look forward to in Mass Effect Andromeda . All squad members would have their own loyalty missions as strings of objectives rather than one single mission.

J&K Encounter: Four Hizbul Terrorists Killed In Kulgam
Heavy contingents of police and security forces have been deployed in the region to prevent massive public protests. At least two terrorists were killed in the encounter which broke out in Jammu and Kashmir's Kulgam this morning.

Grammys 2017: Winners & Highlights: Metallica, Lady Gaga, Prince, A Tribe Called Quest
Hetfield and Gaga shared ended up sharing her mic, adding a cool theatrical element to the performance, albeit an unplanned one. From writing solo dance-pop to performing jazzy duets with Tony Bennett, Gaga is now doing metal with Metallica .

The Restaurant Brands International Inc. (QSR) Set to Announce Earnings on Monday
The Oakville, Ontario-based company's total revenue rose about 5 per cent to $1.11-billion and was almost in line with estimates. The company expects to open the first locations in some of those markets this year, said chief financial officer Josh Kobza.

Paul Clement: Claudio Ranieri has earned more time at Leicester
Everything the England global touched turned to gold last season. "I don't think that statement does any harm, as long as they mean it".

Will head to Atlanta in trade
Trying to rebuild, the Reds have dealt stars over the last couple of years, including Jay Bruce, Aroldis Chapman and Johnny Cueto. He spent last season in the minor leagues pitching for Atlanta's Class A affiliate at Carolina and Class AAA club at Gwinnett.

Designer Pamella Roland: "Betsy DeVos Is My Number-One Customer"
The protesters outside of the Washington school clashed with police as DeVos arrived with her security detail. Jefferson Middle School Academy is considered one of the most outstanding schools in the nation's capital.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain spoke to Arsene Wenger after Twitter blunder
Abel Hernandez (hamstring) and Michael Dawson (calf) will miss trip to the Emirates, while forward Mbokani is doubtful. Asked if this could be Wenger's last season on the the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Gream said: "It could be".