TROUBLE has flared again in the Mediterranean as a notorious Russian frigate confronted an American warship as it shadowed an aircraft carrier.
By Henry Holloway / Published 1st July 2016
The Russian warship the Yaroslav Mudrry – which was involved in a “dangerous” confrontation with an American destroyer earlier this month – was yesterday again spotted in the Med.
The Neustrashimy-class frigate was shadowing the US aircraft carrier the Dwight D. Eisenhower and its strike group as they launched operations against ISIS in Syria and Iraq.
But at sea the Kremlin frigate then closed in on US cruiser the San Jacinto in an action the navy described as “abnormal and unsafe”.
- “They displayed manoeuvres rarely seen by professional mariners at sea combined with an aggressive approach”
USS San Jacinto crew
Industry website DefenseNews reports the San Jacinto saw the frigate approaching with “ten personnel topside and weapons uncovered but unmanned” to within 140 metres of the cruiser.
The US sailors were said to “anticipate” the Russian’s manoeuvres after the report from the USS Gravely about the earlier stand off.
But in a message from the ship, mariners said “The actions of FF-777 were abnormal as they displayed manoeuvres rarely seen by professional mariners at sea combined with an aggressive approach.”
The Russian vessel continued to hound the US ship before turning away and continuing to shadow them from around a mile and a half away.