The U.S. Navy has released new footage of the Russian aircraft buzzing USS Donald Cook warship in the Baltic Sea

May 18 2016 - 15 Comments

A new video shows the Su-24s and Ka-27 buzzing the American destroyer.

The U.S. Navy has released new footage of two Russian Su-24M attack aircraft making low-altitude passes near USS Donald Cook, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, in the Baltic Sea on April 11 and 12, 2016.

Nearly two dozen clips were obtained by The Virginian-Pilot through a FOIA (Freedom Of Information Act) request.

Noteworthy, along with the Fencers, the videos also show Kamov Ka-27 (NATO reporting name ‘Helix’) helicopters flying quite close to the ship.

According to the Russian MoD the Fencers skirted the Donald Cook whilst the US warship was in international waters some 70 km from a Russian Navy base.

As already written in the past, the low passes that the Russian Sukhois performed near the ship (within 1,000 feet once coming as close as 30 feet to the destroyer) were pretty unusual and aggressive but not particularly worrisome: the Su-24s depicted in the footage and photographs are unarmed and probably only conducting “simulated attacks” on the American warship at sea not too far from home.

Low passages of Russian planes on U.S. Navy warships (and vice versa) are somehow frequent and usually uneventful. However, once, a show of force had a different ending when, on May 25, 1968, a Soviet Tu-16 Badger-F crashed into the sea close to USN carrier USS Essex in the Norwegian sea after a few flybys.

 

  • FunkKing

    “the Su-24s depicted in the footage and photographs are unarmed and probably only conducting “simulated attacks” on the American warship at sea not too far from home.”

    These scenes must bewilder some folk. Those are electronic jamming pods on the SU-24s. “Simulated attacks” .. very funny

    • E1-Kabong

      Those are drop tanks on the wings.

      Still bewildered?

  • sferrin

    Oh look, Putin acting the clown again. It must be Tuesday.

  • rats123

    Nice souvenir shots. What is everyone crying about?

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    Looks like a perfect time to have some quad-copter drones out taking some nice close up’s of the rivet workmanship on those Russian aircraft.

    • Marco

      Careful there. Then the Russians will loose track of some mines in a utterly incident that will just sink a US destroyer which happened to be just too close to the a Russian naval base when the “incident” happened.
      The Russians are in full right to make any overfly they want over a sea which happened to few miles from their naval bases. Both have the same rights. It’s international waters, isn’t it?

      Just enjoy the airshow, man and quit the will to fight. It’s peacetime!

      • E1-Kabong

        Just grow up!

        If it crashed, like Russian jets are prone to do, and it impacted the ship, THEN what?

        https://theaviationist.com/2016/04/14/that-time-a-soviet-bomber-crashed-into-the-sea-after-buzzing-a-u-s-aircraft-carrier/

      • Flyn_Bryan

        Marco, how close do you think the Donald Cook was to the Russian base? Just curious as to how close they are getting. I imagine they were much further out than 12 NM right?

        • TJ

          The USS Donald Cook was 70 km away from the base.

          “On April 13, crews of Su-24 jets were performing scheduled training missions over neutral waters of the Baltic Sea. Flight route of the aircraft passed through the area where USS Donald Cook was deployed, somewhat 70 kilometers off a Russian naval base”, Konashenkov said.”

          http://mil.today/2016/Incidents4/

      • Flyn_Bryan

        I did some research.. the Donald Cook was 70 nm from the Russian base in the case of the April fly-over. Not sure about this case. Definitely not skirting the shores.

      • TJ

        Even the Russians admit that the USS Donald Cook was 70 km away from Kaliningrad.

        “On April 13, crews of Su-24 jets were performing scheduled training missions over neutral waters of the Baltic Sea. Flight route of the aircraft passed through the area where USS Donald Cook was deployed, somewhat 70 kilometers off a Russian naval base”, Konashenkov said.”

        http://mil.today/2016/Incidents4/

  • Jan Schmidt

    Buzz the Donald Cook … sailors were not alarmed and enjoyed the airshow

    watch out for the su-24 flying on the deck at 1:05, it is crazy low, never seen this low altitude flying over water before!

  • AstroNautilus

    Wow so aggressive…they were enjoying the air show…

  • E1-Kabong

    Bet they weren’t laughing when their Tu-16 Badger cartwheeled into the ocean while screwing around a US carrier a few decades ago…