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« on: October 30, 2015, 05:30:04 AM »
Russian aircraft approach USS Ronald Reagan, prompting US fighter jet scramble      <blockquote>               In the latest in a series of incidents involving Russian aircraft, two  Tupolev Tu-142 Bear
aircraft flew as low as 500 feet Tuesday morning  near the Reagan, which has been
conducting scheduled maneuvers with  South Korean navy ships. It happened at
roughly the same time that the  destroyer USS Lassen sailed within a 12-nautical-mile
territorial zone  claimed by China around Subi Reef in the South China Sea.

By   Erik Slavin  Stars and Stripes
   Published: October 29, 2015
http://www.stripes.com/news/pacific/...amble-1.375709

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The  Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group and South Korean navy ships steam i
n  formation during an exercise Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, in international  waters
to the east of the Korean Peninsula. Two Russian aircraft flew  within one nautical
mile at a height of 500 feet, prompting the carrier  to launch four fighter jets
 in response. The Russian aircraft left  without further incident.
Nathan Burke/U.S. Navy                               



A Russian Tupolev Tu-142 Bear aircraft,  like the one picture here,
 flew as low as 500 feet Tuesday morning, Oct.  27, 2015, near the USS
Ronald Reagan, which has been conducting  scheduled maneuvers
with South Korean navy ships in international waters  east of the Korean
Peninsula.
Courtesy of the Department of Defense<blockquote>
 YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — The USS Ronald Reagan scrambled its 
fighter jets earlier this week after two Russian naval reconnaissance 
aircraft flew within one nautical mile of the U.S. aircraft carrier as  it sailed
in international waters east of the Korean Peninsula,  according to 7th Fleet
officials.

      In the latest in a series of incidents involving Russian aircraft, two  Tupolev
Tu-142 Bear aircraft flew as low as 500 feet Tuesday morning  near the
Reagan, which has been conducting scheduled maneuvers with  South
Korean navy ships. Four F/A-18 Super Hornets took off from the  Reagan’s
flight deck in response to the Russian advance, 7th Fleet  spokeswoman Lt.
Lauren Cole said Thursday.

      U.S. officials attempted to contact the Russian aircraft but received  no
radio response. A U.S. ship escorting the Ronald Reagan followed the 
Russian aircraft as they withdrew, Navy officials said.

      Press officials at the Russian Embassy in Seoul were not immediately
available for comment Thursday.

On multiple occasions in the past year, Russian aircraft have tested 
international boundaries by either violating other countries’ airspace  or
engaging in what Pentagon officials have called “provocative” actions 
toward U.S. and NATO ships.

      In April, a Russian SU-24 fighter jet made 12 “close-range,  low-altitude”
passes near the USS Donald Cook while the ship was in  international
waters in the western Black Sea near Romania, the Pentagon  has said.
Last month, NATO officials said Russian fighters violated  Turkish airspace
several times.

      In September, Japan alleged that Russia violated airspace over the
northern Japanese island of Hokkaido.

      The incidents continue to raise questions about Russian navy aircraft safety
practices.

      U.S. Navy officials say they have no objection to Russia, or any other 
nation, flying or sailing wherever international law allows.

“We are advocates of any country being able to operate within  international
norms,” Cole said. “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.”

The Reagan is essentially a floating airport, complete with an air  traffic
control center that tracks and communicates with nearby  aircraft. When the
carrier engages in flight operations, it institutes a  carrier control zone,
which extends up to 2,500 feet and within a  five-mile radius, according to
the Navy’s flight training instruction  carrier procedures.

      Navy officials did not discuss Thursday whether the carrier was engaged  in
flight operations when the Russian aircraft approached.

“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 said.

The lack of communication by the Russian aircraft also conflicted with 
general aviation practice. Even commercial airports of any significant  size
generally expect two-way radio contact when aircraft fly as close  as the
Russians did, according to international aviation guidelines.

This week’s incident added to a busy day for the Navy in the  Asia-Pacific
region. It happened at roughly the same time that the  destroyer USS
Lassen sailed within a 12-nautical-mile territorial zone  claimed by China
around Subi Reef in the South China Sea.


      The U.S. undertook the “freedom of navigation” operation because it 
considers those waters international, though China condemned the move
as  a violation of its “indisputable sovereignty.”

Though artificially topped with landfill, Subi Reef is thought to be  entirely
submerged in its natural state, and therefore does not generate  territorial
waters under international law.

</blockquote>slavin.erik@stripes.com
</blockquote>
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