Thursday, September 8, 2016

The latest substantiation for that "way off base" assessment in the post below

This buzzing of post-American planes and ships is becoming quite routine:

 U.S. Navy reconnaissance plane had a close encounter with a Russian fighter that came within 10 feet of the aircraft as it flew in international airspace over the Black Sea. It is the latest encounter between the two militaries that American officials have labeled "unsafe and unprofessional".
According to defense officials, the incident occurred this morning as a U.S. Navy P-8A maritime reconnaissance aircraft flew over the Black Sea conducing "routine operations."
It was approached by a Russian SU-27 "Flanker" fighter jet that made "an unsafe close-range intercept" of the Navy plane.
During the 19-minute encounter, the Russian fighter jet initially maintained a 30-foot distance from the American aircraft.
But it then closed to within 10 feet of the P-8A aircraft, which one official said "is considered unsafe and unprofessional."
Another official said that the U.S. crew attempted to contact the Russian pilot but received no response in return.
"U.S. Navy aircraft and ships routinely interact with Russian units in the area and most interactions are safe and professional," said Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman. "However, we have deep concerns when there is an unsafe maneuver. These actions have the potential to unnecessarily escalate tensions between countries, and could result in a miscalculation or accident, which results in serious injury or death."
In recent months there have been several other close calls involving Russian aircraft and American planes and warships.
In April, a pair of Russian fighters buzzed the destroyer USS Donald Cook as it was operating in the Baltic Sea. A video of the encounter released by the U.S. Navy showed the aircraft repeatedly buzzing the ship, including one pass where a Russian fighter flew as close as 30 feet to the American ship.

Memo to Squirrel-Hair: This is not ally behavior.


  1. I had a guy who flew jets over in Southeast Asia BEFORE the Nam fun began. He regaled me with tales of adolescent adventure fucking with the Russian MIGs. It was all a game to them, land, if you can,get drunk and screw....

  2. So it's okay for Russia to be engaging in this behavior that is unprecedented in its degree and circumstances?

  3. I don't think it is unprecedented at all when it comes to adolescent games the former cigar smoking generals got vicarious thrill from. Now we got broads workin 8 to 5 mannin' drones.

  4. I see you are interested in cartoonish generalizations and not at all in matters of national security.