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SEPTEMBER 2020

Near Collision Between US and Russian Warships Filmed In Arabian Sea

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Near Collision Between US and Russian Warships Filmed In Arabian Sea

The USS Farragut. Click to see full-size image

On January 9th, the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Farragut was “aggressively approached” by a Russian warship.

According an official statement by the US 5th Fleet, in the North Arabian Sea, and the US warship had to sound “five horn blasts” which is the international maritime signal for danger of a collision.

The Russian warship apparently just gave the US warship a fright and collision was avoided, as well as any other sort of incident.

The Russian warship took action and rectified its course, but “the initial delay in complying with international rules while it was making an aggressive approach increased the risk of collision.”

In response, the Russian Defense Ministry denied the statement by the US military regarding the dangerous rapprochement of a Russian ship in the Arabian Sea with an American destroyer.

“The statement issued by representatives of the 5th fleet of the US Navy about the alleged “dangerous “rapprochement between the Russian ship and the USS Farragut destroyer in the Arabian Sea does not correspond to reality,” the Russian Defense Ministry told Interfax.

“It was the destroyer of the US Navy, coming from the left of the Russian warship, which was moving forward, on January 9th, 2020 that flagrantly violated international rules for preventing collisions of ships at sea by performing a maneuver to cross its course,” the Russian Defense Ministry said.

“The unprofessional actions of the crew of the American destroyer are a deliberate violation of international shipping safety standards,” the report said.

“The crew of the Russian warship acted professionally, taking a maneuver that prevented a collision with the intruding ship,” the Russian Defense Ministry said.

The Russian military stated that the Convention on the International Rules for Preventing Collisions at Sea of ​​1972, Regulation No. 15 defines:

“When two power-driven vessels are crossing, the vessel which has the other on the starboard side must give way and avoid crossing ahead of her. The saying is “If to starboard red appear, ’tis your duty to keep clear.”

According to the Russian side, the US warship had its starboard towards the Russian ship, so it should have given it right of way.

The fact of violation of the rules by the US military was recorded by video frames from the American destroyer of the 5th fleet of the US Navy, published on Twitter, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

Thus, the video that the US 5th Fleet provide as evidence of Russian misconduct, actually specifically proves the position of the USS Farragut.

The video shows that to the right (starboard) of the USS Farragut destroyer is the new project 18280 reconnaissance ship, of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, the Ivan Khurs, commissioned in 2017.

This is the second near-collision between Russian and American warships in the past seven months.

The prior incident happened June 7 when a Russian ship came about 50 to 100 feet of the USS Chancellorsville in the Philippine Sea, US officials claimed.

The Chancellorsville had to “execute all engines back full and to maneuver to avoid collision,” according to the U.S. 7th Fleet.

The Russian military accused the Chancellorsville of suddenly changing course and crossing into the path of the Admiral Vinogradov destroyer.

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