The guided missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) transits the Dardanelles while en route to the Black Sea April 10, 2014.
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Edward Guttierrez
The Cold War-era Su-24 “Fencer” strike jet was designed to penetrate enemy air defenses at low levels. And a pair of Russian Su-24s appeared to be testing their ability to do just that when they flew a series of simulated attacks runs on the USS Donald Cook soon after it departed from the Polish port of Gdynia.
The first round of simulated attacks runs, on April 11, occurred when the USS Donald Cook, a guided missile destroyer, was approximately 70 nautical miles from port in the Baltic Sea. Two unarmed Su-24s made a total of 20 passes on the U.S. Navy warship, flying within 1,000 yards of the vessel and at an altitude of 100 feet — low enough to create wakes in the water.
The second round occurred on April 12, when, again, two unarmed Su-24s made simulated low-level attack runs on the USS Donald Cook. This time they were accompanied by a pair of Ka-27 Helix helicopters, which flew circles around the destroyer, apparently taking pictures.
The two incidents were “more aggressive than anything we’ve seen in some time,” a senior American defense official told CBS News, who first reported the story.
In a statement, the U.S. European Command (EUCOM) said: “We have deep concerns about the unsafe and unprofessional Russian flight maneuvers. These actions have the potential to unnecessarily escalate tensions between countries, and could result in a miscalculation or accident that could cause serious injury or death.”
The below footage, released by EUCOM, shows the simulated attacks from the perspective of American sailors aboard the USS Donald Cook.
QUETTA, Pakistan/KABUL (Reuters) - The brother of the leader of the Afghan Taliban was among at least four people killed in a bomb blast at a mosque in Pakistan on Friday, two Taliban sources told Reuters, an attack that could affect efforts to end the Afghan war.
An Indiana Army National Guard soldier died Thursday night during a training accident at Fort Hood.
According to a Fort Hood press release, the soldier's injuries came from "a tactical vehicle accident in the training area." The name of the soldier is being withheld until the family is notified.
The incident, which occurred at around 10 p.m., will be investigated by the Army Combat Readiness Center at Fort Rucker, Alabama, the release said.
Nearly 32% of active-duty military deaths between 2006 and 2018 have been the result of accidents, according to an analysis from the Congressional Research Service.
The Army has had a number of vehicular deaths this year. In June, one West Point cadet was killed and 21 others were injured when a tactical vehicle rolled during training. A vehicle rollover at Fort Irwin, California killed one soldier and injured three others that same month, and in May, a rollover killed one soldier and injured a dozen others at Fort Polk, La.