UPDATED: Dangerous confrontation between Russian and US warships in the East China Sea

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After an incident in the air between Russian and American warplanes over the Mediterranean a few days ago that could have had serious consequences, this time there was another but further away and on the sea.

The U.S. Navy said on Friday a Russian destroyer, Udaloy I DD 572, almost collided with one of its guided missile cruisers, the USS Chancellorsville, in the East China Sea in an incident it denounced as “unsafe and unprofessional”.

Russian officials had claimed that it was the  U.S. ship had acted dangerously. The Russian destroyer came to within 15 to 30 meters of the Chancellorsville, according to the U.S. Seventh Fleet spokesman Commander Clayton Doss.

The Russian Navy was cited as saying that the USS Chancellorsville had come within just 50 meters of the Russian destroyer which had been forced to take emergency action to avoid a collision.

In the US Navy handout photo one can see the US Navy guded missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG 62), (R), as it is forced to maneuver to avoid collision from the approaching Russian Navy Udaloy-class destroyer Admiral Vinogradov (DD 572), closing to approximately 50-100 feet putting the safety of her crew and ship at risk at an undisclosed location in the Philippine Sea on 07 June 2019

 

Via Reuters

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