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Posted on 02/11/2008 3:45:40 PM PST by FlaviusEdited on 02/11/2008 4:36:47 PM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]
Russian bomber aircraft approached a US Aircraft carrier in the Pacific on Saturday and were intercepted by American fighter jets, a US Defense official said on Monday...
Excerpt. Story continues: YNetNews
Navy Intercepts Russian Bombers
By LOLITA C. BALDOR – 1 hour ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. fighter planes intercepted two Russian bombers, including one that buzzed an American aircraft carrier in the western Pacific during the weekend, The Associated Press has learned.
A U.S. military official says that one Russian Tupolev 95 flew directly over the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz twice, at a low altitude of about 2,000 feet, while another bomber circled about 58 miles out. The official was speaking on condition of anonymity because the reports on the flights were classified as secret.
The Saturday incident, which never escalated beyond the flyover, comes amid heightened tensions between the United States and Russia over U.S. plans for a missile defense system based in Poland and the Czech Republic.
Such Russian bomber flights were common during the Cold War, but have been rare since.
The bombers were among four Russian Tupolev 95s launched from Ukrainka in the middle of the night, including one that Japanese officials say violated their country's airspace over an uninhabited island south of Tokyo.
U.S. officials tracked and monitored the bombers as two flew south along the Japanese coast, and two others flew farther east, coming closer to the Nimitz and the guided missile cruiser USS Princeton.
As the bombers got about 500 miles out from the U.S. ships, four F/A-18 fighters were launched from the Nimitz, the official said. The fighters intercepted the Russian bombers about 50 miles south of the Nimitz.
At least two U.S. F/A-18 Hornets trailed the bomber as it came in low over the Nimitz twice, while one or two of the other U.S. fighters followed the second bomber as it circled.
The official said there were no verbal communications between the U.S. and the Russians, and the Pentagon has not heard of any protests being filed by the United States. Historically, diplomatic protests were not filed in such incidents because they were so common during the Cold War era.
This is the first time Russian Tupolevs have flown over or interacted with a U.S. carrier since 2004.
In that incident, a Russian Tupolev flew over the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk in the Sea of Japan on Jan. 29, 2004. Since then, however, relations between the U.S. and Russia have deteriorated to their worst point since the Cold War, largely due to the United States' plans to put a radar system in the Czech Republic and 10 missile defense interceptors in Poland.
The U.S. has defended the plan as necessary to protect its European allies from possible attacks by Iran. But the Kremlin has condemned the proposal, saying it would threaten Russia's security.
"We are being forced to take retaliatory steps," said Russian President Vladimir Putin, who also warned that a new arms race is under way.
Japan, meanwhile, filed a formal protest with the Russian Embassy in Tokyo after Saturday's incident, saying that one of the Russian bombers crossed into Japanese airspace for three minutes. Russia has denied there was an intrusion.
Look at it this way: Russia needs to train a few flight crews for long-distance missions since they have been kind of letting that slide in recent years.
gee...that’s a whole lot’s of “OOPs” going on lately...
I smell bear sh!t.....
Didn’t they just buzz Japan? Look forward for everyone to test the new admin with a spy plane incident or something like we had with China in 2000. Just to get a feel for things.
Standard cold war operating procedure. The next step is trailing tattle-tails.
Time of response. Probe, test, observe.
Time to put the blackbirds back in the sky?
This was already confirmed by the Russians over the weekend in the article about the Japan incident (same flight).
Things like this make McCain look a whole lot better than Hillary or Obama.
Nope, time to put the scramjets into the sky.
Russians flying quad turboprop targets.
should have never grounded them ...
When they get inside the zone, shoot them down. Stop this BS before it starts.
I was stationed on the USS Ticonderoga cva14 in the gulf of Tonkin 1967-69 working the flight deck. I remember several times the big slow bombers flying over, followed closely by our f8’s.
That is their doctrine. Our doctrine has always been to have AEW and CAP up to try and interdict their recon or strike aircraft far enough out to prevent the cruise missile launch.
Allowing them to fly right over the carrier at 600m in the middle of the Pacific is horrible.
Sadly, it looks like Cold War II is fully under way. Time to play tit for tat until the whole corrupt mess comes tumbling down again.
We have to make it known that any nuclear explosion on US soil or the soil of any of our allies will be considered the work of the red axis and that we will retaliate accordingly. Even if China and Russia don’t launch it their cat’s paws in Iran and North Korea will probably be responsible.
The fact that the story has been released to various agencies now at the same time shows an effort by the Navy to get this news out there, shows how pissed they are about it.
The carrier could always outrun the tattle-tail if need be, but eventually they always caught up. We really, really looked forward to the order to wax the commie bastards.
Oh yeah, then the one loitering launches a Sunburst missle and takes out the Nimitz.
How does this happen? Shouldn't Mr. anonymity be fired?
29 September 2006 NORAD scrambled Canadian CF-18s from CFB Cold Lake in Central Alberta and American F-15s out of an airbase in Alaska to intercept “a number of the Russian Tu-95 Bear heavy bombers participating in an annual Russian air force exercise near the coast of Alaska and Canada.” This launch was a result of the bombers penetrating the North American Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ).
May 2007 the Royal Air Force scrambled two Tornado fighters from RAF Leuchars in Scotland to intercept a Tu-95 observing the Royal Navy exercise Neptune Warrior.
July 2007 two Royal Norwegian Air Force F-16s (from Bodø, Norway) and subsequently two RAF Tornados (from RAF Leeming, England) intercepted two Tu-95s as they allegedly made their way down the Norwegian coast towards Scotland.
August 2007 two Tu-95s flew towards the U.S. base on Guam, where they were intercepted by U.S. fighter planes. Maj Gen Pavel Androsov of the Russian Air Force told a news conference, “We renewed the tradition when our young pilots flew by Guam in two planes. We exchanged smiles with our counterparts who flew up from a U.S. carrier and returned home.” However, the Pentagon denied that any aircraft were sent up, saying that the proximity of the bombers was not close enough to prompt a response from the carriers.
17 August 2007 two RAF Typhoons were launched to intercept and shadow a Tu-95 that had veered towards British airspace over the North Sea. The Tu-95 later turned away from UK airspace.
6 September 2007 Two Norwegian F-16s tracked eight Tu-95s over the Barents Sea as they neared Norwegian airspace. The bombers flew past Norway and continued towards British airspace where four RAF Tornados were scrambled from RAF Leeming (in two waves of two), before the Russian planes turned away. It was the same day that Canadian Forces’ CF-18s and Russian Tu-95s met outside Canadian airspace near Inuvik, Northwest Territories. The CF-18s were scrambled when Tu-95s were seen flying outside Canadian airspace.
On 22 November 2007, F-22A Raptors of the 90th fighter squadron performed their first intercept of two Russian Tu-95MS ‘Bear-H’ bombers in Alaska. This was the first time that F-22s had been called to support a NORAD mission.
09 February 2008, 24 aircraft including F-15 Eagles and an E-767 AWAC from the Japanese air force scrambled and gave “a notice, then a warning and another a notice and a warning,” as a Russian Tu-95MS ‘Bear-H’ violated the country’s airspace during a three-minute flyover of Sofugan in the Izu Islands. Japan formally issued a strong protest, demanded prevention of future incidents and presented a protest note to the Russian Embassy in Tokyo. Russian officials conversely stated that four Tupolev Tu-95 bombers completed a 10-hour mission over the Pacific on Saturday, but “our strategic aviation planes did not violate Japanese airspace.”
On 11 February 2008, four American FA-18 fighters were scrambled and tracked the bombers after two TU-95 Bear bombers flew over a US aircraft carrier in the Western Pacific.
It is curious that Nimitz and the rest of the group was involved in a very large NATO naval excercise off SoCal prior to leaving a couple weeks ago.
One of the Tupolevs flew over the Nimitz at an altitude of about 600 metres, said Mark Matsunaga, a spokesman for the US Pacific Fleet in Honolulu."
Auroras are already on the case
I feel like I am a kid again and it is the Cold War. The difference is that we don’t have Reagan.
Lucky you. I had Kennedy...
Let’s hope does actually do exist.
We now have better toys than the SR-71.
You reallly don’t think they spend 700 dollars for a hammer and 6000 dollars for toilet seats do you ???
With this administration, nothing would surprise me.
2,000 feet above is ridiculous. Doing it twice is qaudruple ridiculous.
They should be shot down next time.
It would seem to me, flying right over a carrier at low atltitude would be completely beyond the pale. How could the defenders possibly know they weren’t planning on sinking it? If they were attempting to sink it, then we would have allowed the Russians to simply sink a carrier with no defense.
The U.S. has defended the plan as necessary to protect its European allies from possible attacks by Iran.
I do not buy this. If we are so scared of Iran then invite the Russians as well. Russians have been attacked by Iranians and fought wars with them a number of times ..the US never has except through Iran’s terrorist network.
I think I read somewhere that the Ruskies were overflying British waters. It might have been last Summer.
And frozen turkeys just happen to fall out of F/A-18s... ;-)
I think that the knee-jerkers here would get pretty upset if our planes were shot down as they do the same thing to others’ ships.
Hillary and obama would like to get together with the Russians and China and hold hands and sing Kumbi ya.
Nothing like a strong President and a strong defense policy!