The U.S. is once again accusing Russia of carrying out unsafe maneuvers in the Mediterranean Sea. Although the latest encounter did not result into a major incident, the U.S. nonetheless sees Russia latest actions as “contrary to international maritime regulations.”
Last month, the U.S. had accused Russia of maneuvering too close to the USS Gravely as it operated alongside the USS Harry, which had been carrying air strikes against ISIS from the Mediterranean Sea. Following this, U.S. defense officials remarked that Russia has no regard for the “rules of the road” when it comes to international waters.
Moreover, the Russian frigate Neustrashimy also displayed a false international signal when it reportedly communicated that it was limited in its ability to maneuver while still being able to pursue the Gravely.
This time around, the Russian frigate Yaroslav Mudry is said to have passed near guided missile cruiser USS San Jacinto. According to the U.S. European Command, These actions can unnecessarily escalate tensions between countries, and could result in dangerous miscalculations or accidents.”
At the time of the incident, San Jacinto is said to have been carrying out activities as part of the Operation Inherent Resolve against ISIS in Syria and Iraq along side the USS Dwight Eisenhower. According to the U.S. Navy, USS San Jacinto is part of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group along with another guided missile cruiser, the USS Monterey.
In the wake of the incident, EUCOM maintains that USS San Jacinto was not threatened during the close encounter with Yaroslav Mudry, according to a report from Fox News. Meanwhile, the U.S. Navy also said the Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group managed to complete its first Operation Inherent Resolve missions just before July.
Russia is yet to comment on the latest incident with the U.S. Navy.