Russian Bombers Buzz U.S. Naval Ships
Posted by Joshua Price on February 12, 2008
You think tensions between Russia and the U.S. aren’t rising? Well, let me rephrase that: You think Russian tension with us isn’t rising? I say that because I don’t believe we are taking the threat as serious as we should.
Anyway, check this out:
U.S. fighter planes intercepted two Russian bombers, including one that buzzed an American aircraft carrier in the western Pacific during the weekend, The Associated Press has learned.A U.S. military official says that one Russian Tupolev 95 flew directly over the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz twice, at a low altitude of about 2,000 feet, while another bomber circled about 58 miles out. The official was speaking on condition of anonymity because the reports on the flights were classified as secret.
The Saturday incident, which never escalated beyond the flyover, comes amid heightened tensions between the United States and Russia over U.S. plans for a missile defense system based in Poland and the Czech Republic.
Now I’m sure you believe that this was just an accident and th it probably happens more than reported, but you might want to read this first:
Such Russian bomber flights were common during the Cold War, but have been rare since.
The bombers were among four Russian Tupolev 95s launched from Ukrainka in the middle of the night, including one that Japanese officials say violated their country’s airspace over an uninhabited island south of Tokyo.
U.S. officials tracked and monitored the bombers as two flew south along the Japanese coast, and two others flew farther east, coming closer to the Nimitz and the guided missile cruiser USS Princeton.
As the bombers got about 500 miles out from the U.S. ships, four F/A-18 fighters were launched from the Nimitz, the official said. The fighters intercepted the Russian bombers about 50 miles south of the Nimitz.
At least two U.S. F/A-18 Hornets trailed the bomber as it came in low over the Nimitz twice, while one or two of the other U.S. fighters followed the second bomber as it circled.
We don’t launch our Hornets just for the hell of it. the Nimitz must have felt somewhat threatened to have ordered the Hornets to trail the bombers.
As we have said many times, Russian must be watched very closely. We will continue to do just that on this blog.