first published on June 8, 2019 by Sean
A Russian destroyer nearly collided with a US Navy cruiser during an “unsafe” and “unprofessional” maneuver in the Philippine Sea yesterday. During the incident, Russian sailors can be observed casually sunbathing while the two ships closed to 50-100 feet of each other.
According to the U.S. 7th Fleet, PHILIPPINE SEA (June 07, 2019) – At approximately 11:45 am on June 7, 2019 while operating in the Philippine Sea, a Russian Destroyer (Udaloy I DD 572) made an unsafe maneuver against USS Chancellorsville (CG-62), closing to ~50-100 feet putting the safety of her crew and ship at risk.
While Chancellorsville was recovering its helicopter on a steady course and speed when the Russian ship DD572 maneuvered from behind and to the right of Chancellorsville accelerated and closed to an unsafe distance of ~50-100 feet. This unsafe action forced Chancellorsville to execute all engines back full and to maneuver to avoid collision.
We consider Russia’s actions during this interaction as unsafe and unprofessional and not in accordance with the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGS), “Rules of the Road,” and internationally recognized maritime customs.
Story, images, & video by Petty Officer 1st Class Christopher J Krucke, U.S. 7th Fleet