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US Navy Ship Encounters Aggressive Russian Aircraft in Baltic Sea – with video

Story Number: NNS160413-20 Release Date: 4/13/2016 3:48:00 PM

By Headquarters, United States European Command

STUTTGART, Germany (NNS) — A United States Navy destroyer operating in international waters in the Baltic Sea experienced several close interactions by Russian aircraft on April 11 and 12.

USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) encountered multiple, aggressive flight maneuvers by Russian aircraft that were performed within close proximity of the ship.

On April 11, Donald Cook was conducting deck landing drills with an allied military helicopter when two Russian SU-24 jets made numerous close-range and low altitude passes at approximately 3 p.m. local. One of the passes, which occurred while the allied helicopter was refueling on the deck of Donald Cook, was deemed unsafe by the ship’s commanding officer. As a safety precaution, flight operations were suspended until the SU-24s departed the area.

On April 12, while Donald Cook was operating in international waters in the Baltic Sea, a Russian KA-27 Helix helicopter conducted circles at low altitude around the ship, seven in total, at approximately 5 p.m. local. The helicopter passes were also deemed unsafe and unprofessional by the ship’s commanding officer. About 40 minutes following the interaction with the Russian helicopter, two Russian SU-24 jets made numerous close-range and low altitude passes, 11 in total. The Russian aircraft flew in a simulated attack profile and failed to respond to repeated safety advisories in both English and Russian. USS Donald Cook’s commanding officer deemed several of these maneuvers as unsafe and unprofessional.


“April 11-12, USS Donald Cook was operating in a professional manner in international waters conducting operations and exercises with our allies in the Baltic Sea.”

“In my judgement these maneuvers in close proximity to Donald Cook are unprofessional and unsafe.”

-Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa, Adm. Mark Ferguson

Quick Facts:

We have deep concerns about the unsafe and unprofessional Russian flight maneuvers. These actions have the potential to unnecessarily escalate tensions between countries, and could result in a miscalculation or accident that could cause serious injury or death.

U.S. officials are using existing diplomatic channels to address the interactions while the incidents are also being reviewed through U.S. Navy channels.

For more news from Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet, visit www.navy.mil/local/naveur/.



What do you expect sending a warship into there front yard while subjecting Russia to US selective sanctions!


The Su-24 remains a powerful long-range, low-level strike attack aircraft with real all-weather precision attack capability. With its variable geometry swing wing and side-by-side cockpit, the Su-24 is inevitably compared with the US General Dynamics F-111. The aircraft was never intended or used as a strategic bomber, however, a fact obscured by such comparisons. The Su-24 is more broadly equivalent to the Anglo-German-Italian Tornado.

Entered service 1973
Crew 2 men
Dimensions and weight
Length 22.59 m
Wing span 17.64 m spread, 10.37 m swept
Height 6.19 m
Weight (empty) 22.3 t
Weight (maximum take off) 36 t
Engines and performance
Engines 2 x Perm / Sploviev AL-21F-3A turbojets
Traction (with afterburning) 2 x 109.83 kN
Maximum speed 1 320 km/h
Service ceiling 17 km
Combat radius 560 – 1 250 km
Ferry range 2 775 km
Cannon 1 x 23-mm cannon
Missiles Kh-23, Kh-25ML, Kh-29L/T, Kh-59 Ovod air-to-surface missiles; Kh-25MP, Kh-31P, Kh-29MP and Kh-58 anti-radar missiles; Kh-31A, Kh-35 anti-ship missiles, R-60 air-to-air missiles
Bombs TN-1000 and TN-1200 free-fall nuclear weapons, KAB-500Kr laser guided bombs


Kamov Ka-27 Helix

Kamov Ka-27PL ‘Helix-A’
Entered service 1982
Crew 3 men
Dimensions and weight
Length 11.27 m
Main rotor diameter 15.9 m
Height 5.45 m
Weight (empty) 6.1 t
Weight (maximum take off) 12.6 t
Engines and performance
Engines 2 x Klimov TV3-117V turboshaft engines
Engine power 2 x 2 190 hp
Maximum speed 250 km/h
Cruising speed 230 km/h
Service ceiling 5 km
Range 800 km
Maximum payload 5 t
Typical load ?
Torpedoes 4 x APR-2E homing torpedoes
Bombs 4 x groups of S3V guided anti-submarine bombs in place of torpedoes