Russian Aircraft & US carriers?

Jerry1

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Ah, starting to feel like old times. Miss the Cold War....

Navy intercepts Russian bombers By LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press Writer
Mon Feb 11, 6:04 PM ET



WASHINGTON - U.S. fighter planes intercepted two Russian bombers, including one that buzzed an American aircraft carrier in the western Pacific during the weekend, The Associated Press has learned.

A U.S. military official says that one Russian Tupolev 95 flew directly over the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz twice, at a low altitude of about 2,000 feet, while another bomber circled about 58 miles out. The official was speaking on condition of anonymity because the reports on the flights were classified as secret.

The Saturday incident, which never escalated beyond the flyover, comes amid heightened tensions between the United States and Russia over U.S. plans for a missile defense system based in Poland and the Czech Republic.

Such Russian bomber flights were common during the Cold War, but have been rare since.

The bombers were among four Russian Tupolev 95s launched from Ukrainka in the middle of the night, including one that Japanese officials say violated their country's airspace over an uninhabited island south of Tokyo.

U.S. officials tracked and monitored the bombers as two flew south along the Japanese coast, and two others flew farther east, coming closer to the Nimitz and the guided missile cruiser USS Princeton.

As the bombers got about 500 miles out from the U.S. ships, four F/A-18 fighters were launched from the Nimitz, the official said. The fighters intercepted the Russian bombers about 50 miles south of the Nimitz.

At least two U.S. F/A-18 Hornets trailed the bomber as it came in low over the Nimitz twice, while one or two of the other U.S. fighters followed the second bomber as it circled.

The official said there were no verbal communications between the U.S. and the Russians, and the Pentagon has not heard of any protests being filed by the United States. Historically, diplomatic protests were not filed in such incidents because they were so common during the Cold War era.

This is the first time Russian Tupolevs have flown over or interacted with a U.S. carrier since 2004.

In that incident, a Russian Tupolev flew over the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk in the Sea of Japan on Jan. 29, 2004. Since then, however, relations between the U.S. and Russia have deteriorated to their worst point since the Cold War, largely due to the United States' plans to put a radar system in the Czech Republic and 10 missile defense interceptors in Poland.

The U.S. has defended the plan as necessary to protect its European allies from possible attacks by Iran. But the Kremlin has condemned the proposal, saying it would threaten Russia's security.

"We are being forced to take retaliatory steps," said Russian President Vladimir Putin, who also warned that a new arms race is under way.

Japan, meanwhile, filed a formal protest with the Russian Embassy in Tokyo after Saturday's incident, saying that one of the Russian bombers crossed into Japanese airspace for three minutes. Russia has denied there was an intrusion.

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TU-95 "Bear" Strategic Bomber
 
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Sure glad 90% of our military is in Iraq where it belongs!

It really is funny to see Tu-95s threatening The Nimitz battle group though... That's pretty much the technological equivalent of an infant threatening a Marine with a BB gun.
 

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it's funny that we worry about a country that uses prop bombers, when we have our very own.
 

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it's funny that we worry about a country that uses prop bombers, when we have our very own.
I was going to crash you....but I chuckled too hard.
 
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Russia likes to fly bombers where they shouldn't be.
 

BCH

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I don't get the significance. Yes you can fly over the carrier however, there's been 2 F/A-18s with AMRAAMs aimed up your ass for the last 50 miles. It's hardly intimidating.
 

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I love how Russia thinks they're fucking relavant.
 

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F-117 Nighthawk stealth fighter



they wouldn't know what hit them.....
 

TheDrip

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Maverick and Iceman would never have let them get that close.
 

Fr. Dougal

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Tower, this is Ghostrider requesting a flyby.

Negative, Ghostrider... the pattern is full.
 

Nortonsmeatytit

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Charlie: So lieutenant, where exactly were you?
Maverick: Well, we...
Goose: Thank you.
Maverick: Started up on a 6, when he pulled from the clouds, and then I moved in above him.
Charlie: Well, if you were directly above him, how could you see him?
Maverick: Because I was inverted.
Iceman: [coughs whilst saying] Bullshit.
Goose: No he was man, it was a really great move. He was inverted.

 
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Charlie: So lieutenant, where exactly were you?
Maverick: Well, we...
Goose: Thank you.
Maverick: Started up on a 6, when he pulled from the clouds, and then I moved in above him.
Charlie: Well, if you were directly above him, how could you see him?
Maverick: Because I was inverted.
Iceman: [coughs whilst saying] Bullshit.
Goose: No he was man, it was a really great move. He was inverted.

You just quoted Navy pilots and showed Air Force planes. I loff at you, sir! :action-sm
 

Mags

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Fact is we are a fading republic. Soon we won't be THE superpower anymore.

We try to fight a politically correct war, instead of being truly fearsome.

Our enemies laugh at us, and gather strength.

We're done sooner than some might think.

Makes me very sad.
 

Stalker2

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Fact is we are a fading republic. Soon we won't be THE superpower anymore.

We try to fight a politically correct war, instead of being truly fearsome.

Our enemies laugh at us, and gather strength.

We're done sooner than some might think.

Makes me very sad.
I blame it on the whites.
 

Budyzir

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I blame it on the Clintons hell, our military decline started on Bill's watch.
 

THE FEZ MAN

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eh, the must have finally had enough cash to fill the planes
 
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Our enemies laugh at us, and gather strength.
I doubt it's the Russians we have to worry about, sir.

My question about this is how the Bear made it that CLOSE before being intercepted. 50mi is WAY too close and is well within firing range... There should've been a patrol aloft that could've gotten there in mere moments and then launch the other fighters to cover the fleet.

Maybe, just like in Top Gun, "the catapults broke". *sheesh*