By Dario Leone
Mar 4 2017
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Su-24 attack aircraft buzzing USS Porter

As we have previously reported, on Feb. 10, 2017 U.S Navy destroyer USS Porter was buzzed by multiple Russian military aircraft in the Black Sea.

According to Captain Danny Hernandez, a spokesman for U.S. European Command, the encounter involved three Su-24 Fencer attack aircraft and a Il-38 May maritime patrol aircraft.

The video in this post was released by U.S. Navy on Mar. 2, 2017 and shows the three Fencers buzzing USS Porter.

Noteworthy one of the Su-24s came within 200 yards of the Porter at an altitude of 300 feet.

While the Pentagon deemed the incidents as “unsafe and unprofessional,” the Russian Ministry of Defense denied that such encounters took place.

However this kind of incidents between Russian military aircraft and U.S. Navy ships are becoming quite common: on Apr. 11, 2016 in fact 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.

USS Porter (DDG-78) is an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer in the United States Navy. Porter is the fifth US Navy ship to be named after US Navy officers Commodore David Porter, and his son, Admiral David Dixon Porter. This ship is the 28th destroyer of her class. According to Wikipedia, Porter was the 12th ship of this class to be built at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Mississippi. She was laid down on 2 December 1996, launched and christened on 12 November 1997, and commissioned 20 March 1999, in Port Canaveral, Florida.

Photo credit: U.S. Navy

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Dario Leone

Dario Leone

Dario Leone is an aviation, defense and military writer. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviation Geek Club” one of the world’s most read military aviation blogs. His writing has appeared in The National Interest and other news media. He has reported from Europe and flown Super Puma and Cougar helicopters with the Swiss Air Force.
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