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J.E.Dyer: Russian destroyer egregiously violates Incidents at Sea agreement in USN encounter…….



I remember entering the straights of Messina in the late 70’s when the path our convoy of amphib ships and destroyers was invaded by a Soviet destroyer. We didn’t have to implement evasive maneuvers, but the move was duly noted. Very aggressive behavior.

And “Never Trumpers” will still insist that Trump has a special relationship with Putin.


Russian destroyer egregiously violates Incidents at Sea agreement in USN encounter

The U.S. Navy reported that on 7 June, a Russian warship caused a near collision with USS Chancellorsville (CG-62), an Aegis, Ticonderoga-class cruiser, in the Philippine Sea.  The Russian Udaloy I DDG, a guided-missile destroyer, maneuvered within 100 feet of the Chancellorsville, causing the cruiser to have to execute a non-routine, propulsion-stressing backing move to avoid colliding with the destroyer.


The information about the event indicates that the Russian ship directly violated the terms of the 1972 Incidents at Sea (INCSEA) agreement between Russia (then the Soviet Union) and the U.S.  The INCSEA agreement was intended to prevent exactly this kind of extremely dangerous and unprofessional encounter on the high seas.


The text of the INCSEA agreement can be viewed here.  Both parties continued to honor the agreement after the breakup of the former Soviet Union.  There is an annual conference between the U.S. and Russia on the status of INCSEA; the last one was held in July 2018 in Moscow.


Video of the encounter recorded on the Chancellorsville shows the near approach of the Russian Udaloy I, with a separation estimated at 60-70 feet based on what is visible in the video.  According to CNN, “opposing” reports from the two navies indicate the “warships came somewhere between 50 feet and 165 feet of each other.”  The Chancellorsville video makes it abundantly clear even to the amateur that 165 feet is not the distance at which the two ships made CPA (closest point of approach).  Fifty feet is much closer to reality.


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