The following is an excerpt from Barbara Starr | April 13, 2016 | CNN.com |
(CNN)Unarmed Russian fighter jets made two extremely close overflights this week of the USS Donald Cook, sailing in the Baltic Sea, CNN has learned.
Navy officials are not commenting publicly, but inside the Pentagon there is an intense discussion about releasing video and still photos of the Russian encounter to demonstrate the danger the jets posed to the ship, a U.S. official told CNN.
One of the Russian jets flew within 75 feet of the Cook's ship superstructure.
The initial reports indicate the two concerning encounters occurred Tuesday night in international waters. A third overflight, at a more acceptable distance, happened Sunday, according to the source.
The Navy released video of the incident on YouTube on Wednesday afternoon.
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