U.S. scrambles jets to intercept Russian planes

The U.S. Navy launched four armed fighter jets to intercept two Russian Tu-142 Bear aircraft that were flying near the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan in the Pacific Ocean, the Navy said Thursday.

U.S. scrambles jets to intercept Russian planes

World Bulletin / News Desk

Fighter jets from South Korea and the United States intercepted two Russian warplanes after they flew near a US aircraft carrier operating off the Korean peninsula, officials said Thursday. 

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the USS Ronald Reagan -- a massive, nuclear-powered supercarrier -- was involved in a military exercise with South Korean partners when two Russian Tu-142 Bear aircraft flew past the ship.

"These Russian aircraft were intercepted first by Korean military aircraft that were operating in the region," Earnest said. Four American F/A-18s were then mobilized.

Earnest sought to downplay the incident in the Sea of Japan (East Sea), calling it "not a particularly threatening encounter" and noted that the USS Ronald Reagan was operating in international waters at the time.

"This is a particular situation that did not result in a significant confrontation," he said.

The two Russian Tu-142 Bear aircraft were flying about a mile from the carrier at an altitude of 500 feet (150 meters) on Tuesday, Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis said.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 30 Ekim 2015, 11:50