A major and dangerous close call between USA and Russia has unfolded in the north Arabian Sea near the Persian Gulf. A Russian warship “aggressively approached” a US Navy destroyer, nearly hitting it.
The US Navy further released video of the incident, which reportedly involved repeat warnings issued from the US vessel over a risk of collision. This included five warning blast signals issued from the deck of the US destroyer, the USS Farragut.
Farragut sounded five short blasts, the international maritime signal for danger of a collision, and requested the Russian ship alter course in accordance with international rules of the road.
According to a CNN report of the incident, the Russian vessel came as close as 180 feet from the US warship, close enough for each side to directly and physically communicate from the decks.
The USS Farragut is part of the USS Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier group deployed to the region last year to ensure open and safe passageway for vessels traversing the vital Strait of Hormuz amid soaring tensions with Iran.
Anti War / ABC Flash Point News 2020.