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US Fighter Jets Intercept Russian Planes Near USS Ronald Reagan

US Fighter Jets Intercept Russian Planes Near USS Ronald Reagan
The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) is under way in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility in the Pacific Ocean. March 12, 2011 (Photo by U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dylan McCord/U.S. Navy via Getty Images)

By    |   Thursday, 29 October 2015 02:05 PM

Two Russian planes buzzed the American nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan as it sailed in international waters east of the Korean peninsula, Stars and Stripes reports.

The news outlet reports the Ronald Reagan scrambled four fighter jets after the Russian reconnaissance planes came within one nautical mile Tuesday morning.

Stars and Stripes reported U.S. officials tried — and failed — to contact the Russian aircraft; an American ship escorting the Ronald Reagan followed the Russian aircraft as they withdrew, officials tell the news outlet.

"We are advocates of any country being able to operate within international norms," 7th Fleet spokeswoman Lt. Lauren Cole tells Star and Stripes.

"We do caveat that with the fact that all of these operations need to be conducted in accordance with the rights and regulations of other countries, and within a safe manner."

"Even if we don't have flight operations ongoing, we are still very cognizant of what is going on in the airspace, within a good distance," Cole added.

Navt Cmdr. William Marks tells CNN he thought the interaction was "safe," CNN reports.

"It is standard operating procedure for U.S. planes to escort aircraft flying in the vicinity of U.S. Navy ships," Marks said in an email to the cable news outlet. "This type of interaction is not unprecedented. Overall, I would characterize the interaction as safe."

The incident wasn't anything new.

On July 4, U.S. fighter jets intercepted Russian fighters off the coasts of California and Alaska.

And in June, the Navy released video of a Russian jet flying past the guided missile destroyer USS Ross in the Black Sea off Crimea.

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Two Russian planes buzzed the American nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan as it sailed in international waters east of the Korean peninsula, Stars and Stripes reports.
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