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US warship ‘aggressively approached’ by Russian ship

The USS Farragut was on routine operations and sounded five short blasts to warn the Russian ship of a possible collision, a US official said.

A Russian navy ship approaching an American warship in the North Arabian Sea on Thursday (US 5th Fleet via AP)
A Russian navy ship approaching an American warship in the North Arabian Sea on Thursday (US 5th Fleet via AP)

By Lolita C Baldor, Associated Press

An American warship was “aggressively approached” by a Russian navy ship in the North Arabian Sea, the US navy has said.

Navy Cmdr Josh Frey, spokesman for the US 5th Fleet, said the USS Farragut was conducting routine operations on Thursday and sounded five short blasts to warn the Russian ship of a possible collision.

He said the USS Farragut, an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, asked the Russian ship to change course and the ship initially refused but ultimately moved away.

Even though the Russian ship moved away, Cmdr Frey said the delay in shifting course “increased the risk of collision”.

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