New Footage Of Russian Jets 'Buzzing' USS Donald Cook
The US Navy has released new footage of two Russian jets buzzing American destroyer USS Donald Cook in the Baltic Sea last month.
 
The US called criticised the manouevres at the time, labelling them "simulated attack profiles" and saying the Russian aircraft didn’t respond to repeated safety advisories in English and Russian.
 
 
In the new footage of the incident, released in response to a Freedom of Information Act request from the Virginian-Pilot newspaper, a Russian KA-27 Helix helicopter is also seen circling the destroyer.
 
At one point, a sailor is heard saying "Oh my God" as the jets pass by. The US Navy said in a statement at the time: 
"We have deep concerns about the unsafe and unprofessional Russian flight maneuvers. These actions have the potential to unnecessarily escalate tensions between countries and could result in a miscalculation or accident that could cause serious injury or death."
Russia's Defense Ministry, meanwhile, said the criticism was "not consistent with reality" and that its aircraft had "performed strictly in accordance with the international regulations on the use of airspace."
 
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The USS Donald Ross has also been the target of Russian fighter jets in the past.
 
In 2014 the destroyer and its guided missile systems were allegedly rendered useless after being jammed by a passing SU-24.
 
There are claims that the Ross' crew were so demoralised that the ship returned to port with a number of shaken sailors asking to be relieved from active service.