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US Jets Intercept Russian Bombers Approaching US Carrier

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USS Ronald Reagan (Jo Jung-ho/AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 01 November 2017 04:30 PM

Fighter jets from the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier were forced to intercept a pair of Russian bombers that were approaching the ship over the weekend in the Sea of Japan.

CNN reported F/A-18 Hornet fighter jets had to be scrambled from the carrier after two Russian TU-95 bombers were heading in that direction. The bombers, which are capable of carrying nuclear weapons, got to within 80 miles of the Reagan before they were forced to change course after the two Hornets took action.

The Reagan is one of three U.S. carriers deployed near the Korean peninsula as tensions between North Korea and the United States continue to escalate.

Russia has conducted several aggressive maneuvers with its fleet of bombers and fighter jets in recent years. Russian bombers have come close to the Alaskan coast several times, for example, while a Russian fighter jet flew within five feet of a U.S. spy plane over the Baltic Sea in June.

Earlier this year, a Russian spy ship was spotted multiple times lurking off the east coast.

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Russian bombers were approaching the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier over the weekend, before U.S. fighter jets were forced to intercept them in the Sea of Japan.
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