Sunday, April 17, 2016

"Doesn't rise to the lev... zzzzzzz"

From Navy Times:
Russian pilots rattled nerves aboard the destroyer Donald Cook, buzzing within yards of the ship in the Baltic Sea. Provocative, sure. But they weren't a credible threat.

So concludes a retired Navy commanding officer, who reviewed photos and videos from the run-ins on Monday and Tuesday, when unarmed Sukhoi Su-24 fighters flew within 1,000 feet of the ship — once coming as close as 30 feet in what U.S. officials called "simulated attacks." On Monday, a low-flying Russian Ka-27 Helix helicopter also appeared to take photos of the ship.

This was definitely provocative, but it doesn't amount to a threat, said the retired frigate and cruiser CO.

"Well, we’re not at war with Russia," Capt. Rick Hoffman said. "It would be one thing to be operating and have a threatening attack profile from someone who might not recognize me — that’s not the case here."

(Hat tip: Belmont Club)


Blogger Tregonsee said...

It would have been interesting if, after a pass, they locked up the plane with their fire control radar for a few seconds. Just long enough to light up all the warnings in the cockpit. Pretty good chance he would have kept on going, and probably stroked the afterburner.

Whoever replaces Obama is going to have a very delicate time to restore respect for America without touching off a war.

3:18 pm  
Blogger Dr. Mabuse said...

Exactly so. And as the Belmont Club piece points out, the great benefit of being strong and KNOWN to be strong is that, far from leaping into wars at every moment, provocations like this don't even happen because the consequences are so well understood.

4:38 pm  

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