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US Navy: Russian warship nearly collided with our destroyer

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The US Navy announced on Friday that a Russian warship “approached” closely with its destroyer while it was operating north of the Arabian Sea, on Thursday, ignoring the warnings of the American ship, which increased the risk of collision, according to local media.

The CNN network quoted a statement of the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet, which oversees naval operations in the Middle East, that “while conducting routine operations in the northern Arabian Sea, a Russian warship has come close to a US warship.”

The statement pointed out that the American ship launched “5 short explosions, which is an international maritime signal to warn of the risk of collision, and asked the Russian ship to change course according to international rules.”

He added that the Russian ship “did not change its course at first”, as it was very close to the American ship, which increased the chances of collision.

A US Navy official, who was not revealed by the American network, said that the USS Vacuette, which the Russian ship approached, is part of the USS Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier group, as it works to prevent potential enemy ships from Get closer to the aircraft carrier.

CNN quoted two US Defense Department officials for what it called as “the Russian ship got a distance of up to 180 feet (about 55 meters) from the American ship.”

The US officials pointed out that “the Russian ship was working on surveillance and intelligence gathering, and bore the name: Ivan Khors.”

There was no immediate response from the Russian Ministry of Defense regarding the contents of the US Navy statement.

In June 2019, the US Navy accused a Russian warship in the East China Sea, of circumventing it in an unsafe manner by reaching 100 feet from the USS Channelville, which forced the US ship to make an emergency maneuver to avoid a collision.

While the Russian navy said, at the time, that the US missile cruiser “USS Channelslove” had reached only 50 meters from the Russian destroyer “Admiral Vinogradov”, which forced her to take emergency measures to avoid collision.

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