US Navy Scrambles F-18’s After Russian Planes Approach Warship

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US Navy officials said on Thursday that two Russian reconnaissance and anti-submarine aircraft flew within a nautical mile of USS Ronald Reagan, east of the Korean peninsula.

Thomson Reuters reports:

News media reports said the incident occurred in international waters east of the Korean peninsula.

A U.S. Navy official said two Russian TU-142 “Bear” aircraft flew within a nautical mile of the Reagan, prompting it to launch four F-18 fighter jets to escort the planes away from the ship.

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F/A-18 Hornet

The TU-145 Bear is a long-range anti-submarine warfare plane and a variant of the Tu-95 Bear strategic bomber.

The Navy official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the pilots from both sides behaved professionally and the Tu-145s moved away from the U.S. carrier.

Media accounts quoted Navy officials as saying the incident was not unprecedented.

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Tupolev Tu-142 ‘Bear’


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