Date
25 May 2017
An F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter lands on the deck of the USS Ronald Reagan during a naval drill off the Korean peninsula on Thursday. Photo: Reuters
An F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter lands on the deck of the USS Ronald Reagan during a naval drill off the Korean peninsula on Thursday. Photo: Reuters

Russia warplanes intercepted near US carrier off Korea peninsula

US and South Korean fighter jets intercepted two Russian warplanes after they flew near a US aircraft carrier off the Korean peninsula.

The nuclear-powered USS Ronald Reagan was holding a military exercise with South Korean partners when two Russian Tu-142 Bear aircraft flew past the ship, Agence France-Presse quoted White House spokesman Josh Earnest as saying.

The incident “did not result in significant confrontation”, Earnest said.

The Russian aircraft were first intercepted first by Korean military planes before four American F/A-18s were mobilized, he added.

Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis said there was no evidence the Russian planes posed any direct threat.

The Tu-142 Bears, which are primarily reconnaissance and anti-submarine aircraft, were flying about a mile from the carrier at an altitude of 500 feet (150 meters) on Tuesday, Davis said.

The carrier scrambled four F/A-18 fighters to intercept and escort the Russian aircraft, he said.

One of the US ships accompanying the USS Ronald Reagan tried to hail the Russian aircraft by radio but did not receive a response, he added.

Russia and the US on Oct. 10 signed a memorandum of understanding that establishes protocols for pilots flying over Syria.

Both Russia and a US-led coalition are conducting separate bombing campaigns in the war-torn country.

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