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Russian Warship Aggressively Approached US Destroyer in Arabian Sea: Navy

A Russian warship “aggressively approached” a U.S. Navy destroyer as it operated in the North Arabian Sea on Thursday and ignored warnings from a U.S. vessel and risked getting into an accident, according to a statement from the U.S. Navys Fifth Fleet.

“On Thursday, Jan. 9, while conducting routine operations in the North Arabian Sea, USS Farragut was aggressively approached by a Russian Navy ship,” the Fifth Fleet wrote in a statement.

“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,” the statement said, adding: “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.”

On Thursday, Jan. 9, while conducting routine operations in the North Arabian Sea, USS Farragut (DDG 99) was aggressively approached by a Russian Navy ship. pic.twitter.com/SCVyTINNqe

— U.S. 5th Fleet (@US5thFleet) January 10, 2020

In another statement, the Navy said the Russian ship eventually turned around.

“The Russian ship initially refused but ultimately altered course and the two ships opened distance from one another. 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. The U.S. Navy continues to remain vigilant and is trained to act in a professional manner,” the Navy wrote.

Two videos posted by the Navy showed the purported Russian ship traveling quite close to the Fifth Fleets vessel.

According to CNN, the Navy said the Farragut is part of the USS Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier group. It is tasked with intercepting potential enemy ships so they wont get close to the carrier.

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