The U.S. Navy has released footage of a Russian warship as it "aggressively approached" an American destroyer in the North Arabian Sea Thursday, ignoring numerous warnings from the U.S. vessel:
The move is being seen as another flagrant act of Russian provocation toward U.S. forces.
Statement from the U.S. Navy's Fifth Fleet, which oversees naval operations in the Middle East:
On Thursday, Jan. 9, while conducting routine operations in the North Arabian Sea, USS Farragut was aggressively approached by a Russian Navy ship. Farragut sounded five short blasts, the international maritime signal for danger of a collision, and requested the Russian ship alter course in accordance with international rules of the road. The Russian ship initially refused but ultimately altered course. While the Russian ship took action, the initial delay in complying with international rules while it was making an aggressive approach increased the risk of collision.
Two defense officials said the Russian vessel got as close as 60 yards from the American destroyer and that there was bridge-to-bridge communication between the two warships.