A strange recent history of Russian jets buzzing Navy ships

April 14, 2016 2:52 PM

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The USS Donald Cook, a Navy Arleigh-Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, was repeatedly buzzed by Russian aircraft in recent days while operating in the Baltic Sea. Strangely enough, the aggressive fly-bys happened almost two years to the day since the last time the Russians decided to reenact “Top Gun” on the high seas with the Cook.

On April 10, 2014, the Cook entered the Black Sea to conduct “routine patrolling” of international waters. The Cook’s arrival in the region followed Russia’s annexation of Crimea just a month prior and was an attempt to reassure U.S. allies in the region at a time when Russia was also continuing to ...

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