U.S. Jets Scramble After Russian Aircraft Buzzes USS Ronald Reagan Off South Korea070301-N-1689P-002 PACIFIC OCEAN (March 1, 2007) – Capt. Craig Williams, foreground, and Capt. Richard Butler fly F/A-18C Hornets above USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) during their airborne change of command ceremony. Butler, a University of Kentucky graduate with more than 21 years of experience as a naval aviator, relieved Williams as the commander of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 14 during an aerial change of command ceremony in the skies above Ronald Reagan. Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group is currently underway in support of operations in the western Pacific. U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Cmdr. Tam Pham (RELEASED) 070301-N-1689P-002
The Russian antagonization at sea continues as two Tupolev Tu-142 Bear aircraft flew as low as 500 feet and less than one nautical mile from the USS Ronald Reagan off the coast of the Korean Peninsula.
The U.S. Navy made numerous attempts at contacting the Russian aircraft and received no radio response. The Navy was in the area conducting exercises with the South Korean Navy.
Four F/A-18 Super Hornets took off from the Reagan’s deck in response and a Navy vessel escorting the carrier followed the aircraft until the cleared the area.
Obviously, Russia has yet to respond.
YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — The USS Ronald Reagan scrambled its fighter jets earlier this week after two Russian naval reconnaissance aircraft flew within one nautical mile of the U.S. aircraft carrier as it sailed in international waters east of the Korean Peninsula, according to 7th Fleet officials.
In the latest in a series of incidents involving Russian aircraft, two Tupolev Tu-142 Bear aircraft flew as low as 500 feet Tuesday morning near the Reagan, which has been conducting scheduled maneuvers with South Korean navy ships. Four F/A-18 Super Hornets took off from the Reagan’s flight deck in response to the Russian advance, 7th Fleet spokeswoman Lt. Lauren Cole said Thursday.
U.S. officials attempted to contact the Russian aircraft but received no radio response. A U.S. ship escorting the Ronald Reagan followed the Russian aircraft as they withdrew, Navy officials said.
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