Russian bomber intercepted near US Navy ship

by Infidelesto on March 5, 2008 · 2 comments

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Very provocative considering this is not the first time Russia has been involved in something like this.  They have done this to other countries like the UK and Denmark in the last year.

This is the second time this month this has happened between the US Navy and Russian bombers flying too close.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Russian bomber aircraft approached a U.S. aircraft carrier off the Korean coast on Wednesday and was intercepted by American fighter jets — the second such incident in less than a month, U.S. defense officials said.

According to the U.S. officials, a Russian bomber came within three to five nautical miles and flew 2,000 feet (610 meters) above the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier and its accompanying ships.

Two U.S. F/A-18 fighters were launched to intercept the Russian aircraft and escort it out of the area, according to one defense official.

Russian bombers over the past year have increased their flights near U.S. territory and U.S. naval assets, demonstrating their long-range strike capability.

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