The lone Su-24 came within 200 yards of USS Porter at an altitude of 300 feet
The incidents were deemed as “unsafe and unprofessional.”
The Russian Ministry of Defense denied that such encounters took place.
“There were no incidents of any kind on Feb. 10, related to flights by Russian military jets in the Black Sea near the U.S. Navy destroyer Porter,” Major-General Igor Konashenkov, spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry, said.
But Captain Danny Hernandez, a spokesman for U.S. European Command, said the first encounter involved two Su-24 Fencer attack aircraft, this was followed by another Su-24 and the final one was a Il-38 May maritime patrol aircraft.
Moreover he added that “USS Porter queried all aircraft and received no response.”
“Such incidents are concerning because they can result in accident or miscalculation” Hernandez pointed out.
The II-38 flew at an unusually low altitude too.
Another U.S. official, said that the lone Su-24 came within 200 yards of the Porter at an altitude of 300 feet.
Noteworthy on Apr. 11, 2016 two Su-24s flew simulated attack passes near U.S. guided missile destroyer USS Donald Cook in the Baltic Sea so close that they created wake in the water.
Photo credit: Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jesse L. Gonzalez / U.S. Navy