US aircraft were dispatched on Sunday to escort two Russian bombers away from the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier, two US defense officials told CNN. In May, the US Air Force intercepted four Russian planes near the coast of Alaska.
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On Sunday, US fighter jets were scrambled in order to intercept two Russian bombers that were approaching the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier, two US defense officials told CNN. The officials explained that the interaction between the aircraft was described as safe and professional and the Russian bombers retreated without incident.
Last month, the US Navy’s 7th fleet announced that a second aircraft carrier has entered the western Pacific amid rising tensions with North Korea, joining the USS Ronald Reagan in the region.
In June, a Russian aircraft intercepted a US bomber over the Baltic Sea. The US aircraft was flying over international waters. “A US Air Force B-52 Stratofortress flying a routine mission in support of multiple planned exercises in international airspace over the Baltic Sea was intercepted by a Russian SU-27,” a US Army Defense Department spokeswoman stated at the time.
A few months earlier, the US Air Force intercepted four Russian aircraft. According to reports, the US Air Force immediately dispatched F-22 stealth fighter jets to divert and escort the Russian planes when they reached a distance of 80 kilometers from the coast of Alaska.