Russian Navy destroyer reckless maneuvering probably ordered by very top
UPDATE: Russian destroyer skipper just couldn’t maneuver in such reckless manner, openly hostile and provocative, out of his own will, there should be an order from the top, Navy hierarchy and books strictly limit boundaries of skipper’s actions. Russian mainstream media, full of incident news and accusations directed at US Navy, today Jun 8 went abruptly silent. No news, no updates, no accusations. Truth is too obvious – Russian ship initiated incident, and is solely to blame.
In the news:
The USS CHANCELLORSVILLE was operating in the Philippine Sea at approximately 11:45 a.m. on Jun 7 when the Russian Navy destroyer ADMIRAL VINOGRADOV maneuvered from behind and to the right of the Chancellorsville, accelerated, and closed to an unsafe distance" of between 50 and 100 feet, Seventh Fleet said in a statement.
Russia's Pacific Fleet argued it was the American ship that changed course without warning, forcing the Russian ship to execute an emergency maneuver to avoid collision. The Russian statement also said that the ship, the Admiral Vinogradov, broadcast a protest on an international frequency to the U.S. ship, telling it that its actions were unacceptable.
Comment: We can’t assess ships movements because we can’t get their tracks, of course, but it may be said, beyond reasonable doubt, that maneuvering of Russian ship was reckless, dangerous and irresponsible, absolutely opposite to good practice. There are two facts to come to such a conclusion:
The US cruiser was restricted in maneuverability, because she had to keep steady course and speed while helicopters were landing. Russian destroyer should surely, know it, both from observations, radar and visual (including flag signals on the US ship’s mast), and from broadcasted warnings.
On a video we clearly see how Russian ship overtook cruiser and changed course to approach cruiser, in most reckless manner.
Missile cruiser USS CHANCELLORSVILLE (CG-62), displacement 9800 tons, commissioned 1989, complement 330, armament missiles, guns, torpedoes, helicopters.
Russian Navy destroyer (Big Antisubmarine Ship in Russian Navy terminology) ADMIRAL VINOGRADOV, displacement 7900 tons, commissioned 1988, complement 300, armament missiles, guns, torpedoes, helicopters.