End Times News Update
Sign: Rumors of War / King of the North (status of Russian military forces)
Scripture: Matthew 24:6 / Ezekiel 38:3-9
News Source: UPI
Russian jets buzz U.S. warships in the Baltic
By Carlo Munoz | April 13, 2016 at 4:39 PM
WASHINGTON, April 13 (UPI) — For two days in a row, Russian fighter
jets conducted several aggressive, low-altitude passes above a U.S.
Navy destroyer participating in maritime warfare exercises in the
The USS Donald Cook was carrying out landing deck drills with partner
nation forces on April 11 when two Russian-flagged Su-24 fighter jets
“made numerous, close-range and low altitude passes” above the vessel,
according to a statement by Navy officials with U.S. European Command.
Navy commanders suspended the training mission until the jets left the area.
The following day, A Russian KA-27 Helix attack helicopter buzzed the
Donald Cook, again forcing its crew to suspend ongoing flight
operations. As the Helix continued to circle the deck, two more Su-24
fighters flew 11 aggressive, low passes over the ship, according to
The fighters flew “in a simulated attack profile and failed to respond
to repeated safety advisories in both English and Russian,” Navy
“We have deep concerns about the unsafe and unprofessional Russian
flight maneuvers. These actions have the potential to unnecessarily
escalate tensions between countries, and could result in a
miscalculation or accident that could cause serious injury or death,”
according to the Navy’s statement on the incidents.
U.S. and Russian diplomats and military officials have held informal
discussions about the incidents, while Navy leaders are conducting
their own review of the Russian military’s actions.