A destroyer that was operating in the North Arabian Sea on Thursday was “aggressively approached” by a Russian warship, according to a report.
The USS Farragut (DDG-99) was conducting “routine operations” in the North Arabian Sea when the warship approached the vessel, ignoring warnings and increasing the risk of a collision, according to a CNN report citing a Navy statement.
The Farragut sounded five short blasts, which is the international maritime signal for collision danger, and requested the Russian ship to change its course — which it initially refused to do but eventually complied, the statement added. The ship reportedly got as close as 180 feet from the ship.
The Farragut was operating as part of the USS Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier group. The destroyer’s role is to prevent any ships from getting close to the carrier.
Last summer, a Russian warship and the cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG-62) nearly collided in the East China Sea. Both sides blamed each other for the near-miss, and the Navy released footage of the incident (embedded below).