Russian aircraft approach USS Ronald Reagan, prompting US fighter jet scramble

The USS Ronald Reagan scrambled its fighter jets earlier this week after two Russian naval reconnaissance aircraft flew within one nautical mile of the U.S. aircraft carrier as it sailed in international waters east of the Korean Peninsula, according to 7th Fleet officials.

Source: Russian aircraft approach USS Ronald Reagan, prompting US fighter jet scramble

I’ve seen this story popping up all over the place today.

Newsflash- this happens all the time. A US carrier sails on the ocean, and the Russian dispatch planes to do a flyby. The US launches fighters to escort it.

That’s legal, and been happening for nigh on 70 years.

The “rule” in the fleet is simple. As long as the Russian plane has a US plane escorting it, it is no biggie.

Though it hasn’t always worked out well for the Russians.

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