A Russian destroyer practically collided with an American guided-missile cruiser within the Philippine Sea, the U.S. Navy mentioned on Friday, calling the incident “unsafe and unprofessional.” The Russian Pacific Fleet, in the meantime, blamed the U.S. for the shut encounter.
The U.S. Navy launched an aerial picture and dramatic video of the incident.
U.S. Seventh Fleet spokesman Commander Clayton Doss mentioned a Russian destroyer got here inside 50 to 100 ft of the usChancellorsville, “placing the security of her crew and ship in danger.” Doss mentioned the U.S. ship was “on a gradual course and velocity when the Russian ship DD572 maneuvered from behind and to the correct of” the American warship, forcing it to reverse all engines at full throttle to keep away from a collision.
On the Pentagon on Friday, Appearing Protection Secretary Patrick Shanahan referred to as the Russian vessel’s actions “unsafe” however mentioned “it won’t deter us from conducting our operations.” He mentioned the U.S. will file a proper diplomatic criticism concerning the incident.
Nonetheless, Russia blamed the U.S. for the shut encounter and despatched a radio message in protest, the Russian state information company TASS reported.
“The U.S. cruiser Chancellorsville all of the sudden modified its course and crossed the Admiral Vinogradov destroyer’s course some 50 meters away from the ship. In an effort to forestall a collision, the Admiral Vinogradov’s crew was compelled to conduct an emergency maneuver,” the Russian Pacific Fleet assertion mentioned.
The incident comes amid elevated navy finger pointing between Washington and Moscow. On Tuesday, a U.S. plane flying over the Mediterranean Sea wasthroughout a 175-minute interval, in response to the sixth Fleet. On consecutive days final month, and fighter jets off the Alaskan coast.