Russian frigate harasses another U.S. warship in Mediterranean

Russian frigate harasses another U.S. warship in Mediterranean
Russian frigate Yaroslav Mudry in Malta, 11 June 2016. (Image: Shipspotting.com, Emmanuel L.)

[Ed. – This is the same frigate that taunted and squirmed around near USS Gravely and USS Harry S Truman 2 weeks ago.  Now it’s been pestering USS San Jacinto (a Ticonderoga-class Aegis cruiser) and USS Dwight D Eisenhower, the carrier relieving Truman.  In both cases, the carrier was conducting flight ops with the air wing over Syria.]

On Thursday, the Russian frigate Yaroslav Mudryy came within 150 yards of the guided missile cruiser USS San Jacinto — two weeks after the same Russian ship came within 315 yards of the American destroyer USS Gravely.

The USS San Jacinto was operating near the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D Eisenhower in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, where it is conducting flight operations against ISIS targets in Iraq and Syria.

According to Captain Danny Hernandez, a spokesman for U.S. European Command, the Yaroslav Mudryy positioned itself about 650 yards from the American cruiser. “Then, Yaroslav Mudryy repeatedly informed San Jacinto over VHF radio of its intended course, as the Yaroslay Mudryy maneuvered towards and unnecessarily close to USS San Jacinto before turning away,” said Hernandez.

According to a defense official, the Russian frigate came within 150 yards of the USS San Jacinto.

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