In another throwback to the days of the Cold War, the USS Porter was buzzed in flybys by Russian jets. This was a common occurrence back then and the “rules of engagement” laid out how it would be done. That was to prevent WWIII from breaking out. When a jet is headed toward your ship there are a lot of things to consider in a very short time. High speed and low is not conducive to trust. You can hope that no one misunderstands.
As Written By Bill Gertz for Free Beacon:
Four Russian military aircraft conducted low passes against a U.S. destroyer in the Black Sea last week, the first such military provocation since the new Trump administration took office.
The incident took place Feb. 10 and involved the USS Porter, a guided missile destroyer, fending off low flights by what the commander of the ship regarded as potentially dangerous flybys.
“There were several incidents involving multiple Russian aircraft,” said Navy Capt. Danny Hernandez, spokesman for the European Command. “They were assessed by the commanding officer as unsafe and unprofessional.”
The first buzzing involved two Russian Su-24 jet fighters followed by a single Su-24 and, in a third incident, an IL-38 transport aircraft.
The passes were described by Hernandez, the Eucom spokesman, as ranging from unusually low altitude to low altitude and high speed.
“These incidents are always concerning because they could result in miscalculation or accident,” he said.
Miscalculation is a term used often by the military to describe something that could result in an unintended shootout by military forces.
The Russian aircraft operated without their electronic identifying transponders activated…….
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