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Pentagon: Russian warship 'aggressively approached' US destroyer in Arabian Sea

Iran Press TV

Friday, 10 January 2020 11:15 PM

The US military has accused the Russian navy of aggressive actions in the North Arabian Sea after one of its ships hardly avoided a dangerous near-collision with an American Navy destroyer.

The Russian ship "aggressively approached" the USS Farragut and ignored collision warning blasts but eventually turned aside, narrowly averting a crash on Thursday, said the US Navy 5th Fleet said on Friday.

"On Thursday, Jan. 9, while conducting routine operations in the North Arabian Sea, USS Farragut was aggressively approached by a Russian Navy ship," the US Navy's 5th Fleet said in a statement on Friday.

The "Farragut sounded five short blasts, the international maritime signal for danger of a collision, and requested the Russian ship alter course in accordance with international rules of the road," the Navy statement added.

"The Russian ship initially refused but ultimately altered course and the two ships opened distance from one another. While the Russian ship took action, the initial delay in complying with international rules while it was making an aggressive approach increased the risk of collision. The US Navy continues to remain vigilant and is trained to act in a professional manner."

The Russian Defense Ministry rejected the allegation, saying the Farragut had passed closely their ship.

"It was the US destroyer that blatantly violated international rules for preventing collisions at sea on 9 January 2020 by making a maneuver to cross the Russian ship's course, while being positioned to the left of the forward-moving Russian military vessel," the ministry said in a statement.

The Farragut was deployed to the region as part of the strike group attached to the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier, after the US increased tensions with Iran.

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