Russian ship ‘aggressively approached’ US ship in North Arabian Sea

A Russian Navy ship “aggressively approached” a U.S. destroyer conducting routine operations in the North Arabian Sea on Thursday, the Navy said.

The USS Farragut signaled to the Russian ship that it was in danger of collision by firing five short blasts, an international maritime signal, the Navy said. The Farragut requested the Russian ship alter course in accordance with international rules of the road.

Two videos posted to the Navy’s Twitter account show the Russian ship flanking the U.S. ship, which fires the five blasts.

The Russian ship initially refused but ultimately altered course, the Navy said.

“While the Russian ship took action, the initial delay in complying with international rules while it was making an aggressive approach increased the risk of collision,” the Navy said. 

Iran got its revenge:But the US Navy is still a target

The incident comes amid a week of escalating U.S. tensions with Iran. The U.S. has about 62,000 military personnel spread across land and sea in the broader Middle East region, and Iran has repeatedly said they remain a target.

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