Russian warplanes buzz US missile destroyer

Russian warplanes buzz US missile destroyer

Two Russian warplanes flew close to a US guided missile destroyer almost a dozen times, the BBC has reported, citing American officials.

Russian warplanes buzz US missile destroyer

The Russian Sukhoi Su-24 aircraft made very low passes by the USS Donald Cook

The Sukhoi SU-24 warplanes, in international waters in the Baltic Sea, had no visible weaponry and the ship took no action, the report said.

American officials are said to have called the events on Monday and Tuesday "one of the most aggressive acts in recent memory".

Russian warplanes buzz US missile destroyer

The jets were so close they created wakes in the water near the ship

The commander of the missile destroyer, the USS Donald Cook, reportedly described the flights as a "simulated attack".

American officials described the Russian passes as "unsafe, potentially provocative" and "could have caused an accident".

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Aside the Russian warplanes, a Russian helicopter taking pictures also passed by the ship seven times, the report said.

Russian warplanes buzz US missile destroyer

A Russian Kamov KA-27 Helix surveys USS Donald Cook on 12 April 2016

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