Moment Putin played chicken in the East China Sea: US Navy accuses Russian warship of ‘unsafe and unprofessional conduct’ after a destroyer almost collides with American guided missile cruiser

Friday, June 7, 2019
By Paul Martin

The USS Chancellorsville and Admiral Vinogradov frigate nearly hit each other
Sources said the ships had come within just 50 metres (165 feet) of one another
Both nations accused the other of acting in an ‘unsafe’ manner after the incident

7 June 2019

Russia and the United States blamed each other for a near collision between their warships in the East China Sea on Friday with both countries accusing one another of dangerous and unprofessional behaviour.

Russia’s Pacific Fleet said that the USS Chancellorsville, a guided-missile cruiser, had come within just 50 metres (165 feet) of the Russian destroyer Admiral Vinogradov which had been forced to take emergency action to avoid a collision, Russian news agencies reported.

They cited a Russian Pacific Fleet statement as saying the incident took place in the early hours of Friday morning in the eastern part of the East China Sea at a time when a group of Russian warships was on a parallel course with a U.S. naval strike group.

‘The U.S guided-missile cruiser Chancellorsville suddenly changed course and cut across the path of the destroyer Admiral Vinogradov coming within 50 metres of the ship,’ the statement said.

‘A protest over the international radio frequency was made to the commanders of the American ship who were warned about the unacceptable nature of such actions,’ it said.

That version of events was rejected by the U.S. Navy, which said the behaviour of the Russian ship had been ‘unsafe and unprofessional’.

‘While operating in the Philippine Sea, a Russian Destroyer…made an unsafe manoeuvre against USS Chancellorsville,’ U.S. Seventh Fleet spokesman Commander Clayton Doss said.

‘This unsafe action forced Chancellorsville to execute all engines back full and to maneuver to avoid collision.’

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