According to the US Navy, the Russian vessel approached the American destroyer Farragut and the US ship was forced to fire warning missiles and ask the Russian crew to change course.
The Russian ship initially refused, but eventually changed course, so that the distance between vessels increased again, according to a statement of the fifth fleet. Farragut Americans fired five short shots, a naval signal for impending collision or danger.
The Fifth Fleet oversees navy operations in the Middle East. “On Thursday, January 9, a Russian Navy vessel quickly approached the US destroyer Farragut, which was carrying out routine operations. Farragut fired five shots and asked the Russian ship to change course. “The sharp approach of the ship increased the risk of collision, the US Navy is trained to intervene in a professional manner,” the Fifth Fleet said. According to CNN station, the Russian vessel approached 60 meters.
The Russian Defense Ministry issued its own statement accusing the destroyer crew of unprofessionalism and serious violations. According to him, Farragut crossed the voyage of the Russian ship and the ministry described it as an unprofessional act and “intentional violation of international maritime standards.
Russian and American ships threatened to crash last June, when the Russian vessel Admiral Vinogradov approached only about 30 meters to the American military ship Chancellorsville in the Philippine Sea. The US crew had to engage reverse engines to avoid a collision. The Russian army accused the crew of an American vessel that suddenly changed course and crossed the route of the Russians.