USS Donald Cook reports ‘simulated attack’ by Russian jets
By Jim W. Dean, Managing Editor on April 13, 2016
… from Press TV, Tehran
[ Editor’s Note: This is really a silly story in regard to the US huffing and puffing up the non-existent danger from these unarmed planes. The US has a long history of doing exactly the same thing wherever and whenever it chooses.
The most common reason is to trigger the radar responses from the target’s defenses to collect that intelligence for jamming purposes, but of course the taxpayers paying for it are the last to be told what is going on. No opportunity to manipulate them is ever passed up by our Pentagon.
Unmentioned in this report was the tie in to Gordon Duff’s last article on the Keshe Foundation technology that was used to black out all the Donald Cook’s electronics. The original story about it had mentioned one Russian plane involved, but where Dr. Keshe tells us that two are required.
Were the Russian planes doing this to test if the US would turn on any jammers that might have been developed to defeat what had been used to disable the Cook? These “sporting probes” are generally done to test the adversary’s reactions to collect any electronic responses possible, both training missions and also intelligence gathering at the same time… Jim W. Dean ]
– First published … April 13, 2016 –
Two Russian fighter jets have made “simulated attack” passes near a US navy guided missile destroyer in the Baltic Sea, says a US official.
The incident took place on April 11, when USS Donald Cook was confronted by two Sukhoi SU-24 warplanes in international waters off Russia, a senior military official told CBS News on Wednesday, speaking on condition of anonymity.
The Donald Cook had left the Polish port of Gdynia and was about 70 nautical miles from Kaliningrad in the Baltic Sea and the Russian jets made 20 passes of it while flying within 915 meters (1,000 yards) at an altitude of just 30 meters (100 feet).
Describing the move as one of the most aggressive acts in recent memory, the official said the Russian bombers were flying so close that caused “wakes in the water.” The aircraft had no visible weaponry.
A similar incident happened the next day when two Russian KA-27 Helix helicopter made several circles around the US warship, taking pictures of it, according to the official. The two SU-24s then reappeared, making numerous close passes in what the official described as “Simulated Attack Profile.”
According to CNN, “there is an intense discussion about releasing video and still photos of the Russian encounter to demonstrate the danger the jets posed to the ship.” Such close encounters between Russian jets and US warships patrolling near Russian territorial waters are not unprecedented.
Last year the Pentagon said that a close-flying Russian jet flew within a few thousand feet of the USS Donald Cook which was conducting a “routine mission” at the time.
The unarmed Russian plane made at least 12 passes over a period of about 90 minutes. The event ended without incident. US army Colonel Steve Warren called the action “provocative and unprofessional.”
Also in June 2015, US navy released footage that purported to show a Russian SU-24 flying in close proximity over USS Ross in the Baltic Sea.
Washington believes the overflights breach a 1970s agreement which was designed to prevent such unsafe incidents at sea. The incidents come as tensions are on the rise between the US and Russia over the ongoing conflicts in Ukraine and Syria.
‘Aggressive simulated attack’: Pentagon decries Russian jets zooming over USS Donald Cook (VIDEO)
By Jim W. Dean, Managing Editor on April 14, 2016
SU-24 crosses the bow of the USS Donald Cook
… from Russia Today, Moscow
The Pentagon has a Gomer Pyle-moment over Donald Cook getting buzzed off key Russian base in Kaliningrad
[ Editor’s Note: “Methinks the lady doth protest too much”… Hamlet, Shakespeare, comes to mind over the buzzing incident by unarmed Russian planes with the Donald Cook 70 kms from a Russian base. The Pentagon whining was in sharp contrast to the crew on deck, as they were getting some good footage and a memory to share with kids and grandkids when they got home.
The Russians are disputing that international norms were violated, as would the US if the shoe were on the other foot. Incredibly, wanting to get his name in on the show, Adm. John Richardson honored the Cook’s crew for their bravery while being buzzed.
Left out of the story was anyone in media asking if the US joint exercise with Poland was also a “simulated” attack on the Russian base at Kaliningrad, 70 kms away, which would have to be a primary target in a shooting war along with the air base there and its air defense missiles and radar that can range deeply into Poland.
Also, all the military people know that planes will not be making bombing or strafing runs on a ship like the Donald Cook if its electronics are still working. That is what the new and fast missiles are for. The demonstration last year was to show that electronic warfare is countering these hugely expensive ships.
The Pentagon knew it was provoking an incident with the deck-landing drills, where it could be calibrating its radars and gathering signal Intel. It has less obtrusive ways of doing that. It should know that we know that, also. The Pentagon has a billion dollar contract for the next generation of jamming technology. Gosh, I wonder why? … Jim W. Dean ]
Russian Naval base at Kaliningrad – Who was really playing “simulated attack” on whom?
– Published on … April 13, 2016 –
Too close for comfort? Russian Su-24 jets buzz USS Donald Cook. The planes made 20 passes of the US Navy ship, according to officials, passing within 1,000 yards at an altitude of just 100ft.
The American ship had just left the Polish port of Gdynia and was in the Baltic Sea about 70 nautical miles off Kaliningrad.
The aerobatics skills of Russian pilots over the US destroyer Donald Cook in the Baltic Sea left the Pentagon and other US official running for cover in Washington over “aggressive close interactions” with Russian fighter jets.
Releasing the footage of Russian jet flybys in the vicinity of the destroyer, the US Navy said that its vessel has encountered multiple “aggressive flight maneuvers …within close proximity of the ship,” some as close as 30 feet (10 meters) on Monday and Tuesday.
Low on the water, saying “Hello”
The set of incidents took place as the US ship, which had sailed from the Polish port of Gdynia, was conducting exercises with its NATO ally Poland in the Baltic Sea. The Navy announced that the SU-24 first flew over Donald Cook on Monday as US sailors were rehearsing “deck landing drills with an allied [Polish] military helicopter”.
The numerous close-range, low altitude encounters were witnessed at 3:00pm local time, forcing the commander of the ship to suspend helicopter refueling on the deck until the Russian jets departed the area.
The Donald Cook happened to be around 70km away from a Russian naval base when the Su-24 planes passed by, according to the Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov.
“On April 13, the pilots of the Russian Air Force Su-24 planes took part in a training exercise over international waters in the Baltic Sea. Their route took them to an area where the USS Donald Cook was present, around 70km from a Russian naval base,” he said, as cited by TASS.
Konashenkov added that all flights undertaken by the Russian Air Force strictly follow all international rules when traveling over neutral waters.
“Having located the ship in a zone of visual sight, the Russian pilots undertook a maneuver that was in accordance with all the necessary safety rules,” he said, while they Russian Defense Ministry questioned why the Americans were making such a big deal about the incident.
The next day, the Navy said, Russia caused concern among US sailors when a Russian KA-27 Helix helicopter flew seven times over the ship at low altitude in international waters at around 5:00pm. Some 40 minutes later, two Russian SU-24 jets allegedly made a further 11 “close-range and low altitude passes”.
“The Russian aircraft flew in a simulated attack profile and failed to respond to repeated safety advisories in both English and Russian. USS Donald Cook’s commanding officer deemed several of these maneuvers as unsafe and unprofessional,” the Navy said.
Judging by the videos released by the US Navy, the sailors were nonplussed by the Russian aerobatic skills. They gathered on the top deck of the destroyer to watch the Russian pilots.
“He is on the deck below the bridge lane…It looks like he’ll be coming in across the flight deck, coming in low, bridge wing level…Over the bow, right turn, over the bow…” the voiceover on the footage states in what looks more like an instructor’s advice on how to maneuver in open waters, rather than the panic that the central command presented it to be. At least on the video no one can be seen running for cover.
According to a US defense official who spoke with Defense News, sailors aboard the Donald Cook claimed that the Russian jets’ low altitude stirred waters and created wake underneath the ship. US personnel on the American vessels, also claimed that Su-24 was “wings clean,” meaning no armaments were present on the Russian jets that could have posed a threat to US operations in the Baltic.
Yet at the same time, the official noted, that this week’s incidents are “more aggressive than anything we’ve seen in some time,” as the SU-24 appeared to be flying in a “simulated attack profile.”
The Russian overflights have caused panic over in Washington, with White House spokesman Josh Earnest calling the actions of the Russian pilots “provocative” and“inconsistent with professional norms of militaries.”
“I hear the Russians are up to their old tricks again in the EUCOM [US European Command] AOR [area of responsibility],” Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman Col. Steve Warren said during a briefing on Wednesday, adding that the US is “concerned with this behavior.”
“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,” the US European Command said in a statement.
In the meantime Adm. John Richardson, the chief of naval operations, thanked the US crew for keeping their cool during the stressful situation.
“Bravo Zulu to the crew of USS Donald Cook for their initiative and toughness in how they handled themselves during this incident,” the admiral said on Facebook.
Russia has yet to comment on the incidents but most likely the Russian air craft flew from the Kaliningrad region, bordering Poland. Kaliningrad is the headquarters of the Russian Baltic Fleet, which also includes the Chernyakhovsk, Donskoye, and Kaliningrad Chkalovsk air bases.