Russian aircraft buzzed U.S. Navy ship

WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Two Russian military aircraft, a plane and a helicopter, made low passes over a U.S. guided missile frigate last week in the Barents Sea, the Pentagon said.

The incidents took place in the Barents Sea Sept. 10 and Sept. 11, CNN reported Friday. The USS Taylor was in international waters.


The crew of the Taylor did not believe they were being threatened by the aircraft, Col. David Lapan, a Pentagon spokesman, said. The military patrol plane flew low over the warship several times, while the helicopter circled it, an military official whose name was not reported told CNN.

The official said close approaches like those used by the Russian pilots increase the risk of crashes and called them "abnormal."

Adm. Gary Roughead, U.S. chief of naval operations, and Adm. Vladimir Vysotskiy, the Russian chief, have been discussing whether the aircraft followed correct procedure, Lapan said.

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