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Russian bombers flew over a US aircraft carrier at 2000ft

Old 11th Feb 2008, 21:53
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Russian bombers flew over a US aircraft carrier at 2000ft

Taken from Sky news

US fighter jets have been scrambled after two Russian bombers flew over a US aircraft carrier in the Western Pacific, say reports.
The TU-95 Bear bombers flew over at an altitude of 2,000ft.
Saying now that the ship was the USS Nimitz and that the incident occured on saturday morning.

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Lost again...eh!!

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crazy Russians

Yep breaking news on sky, why would they do this?
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Russian bomber aircraft approached a U.S. aircraft carrier in the Pacific on Saturday and were intercepted by American fighter jets, a U.S. defense official said on Monday.

The bombers, flying south of Japan, were detected turning toward the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier and its accompanying ships. Four U.S. F/A-18 fighters were launched to intercept the Russian aircraft, the official said.

One of the Russian "Bear" bombers flew over the deck of the Nimitz, said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The U.S. fighters escorted the Russian bombers out of the area where the Nimitz was operating.

"Nimitz launched aircraft to intercept and escort the Russian aircraft in the vicinity of the aircraft carrier," the official said. "It is standard operating procedure for U.S. planes to escort aircraft flying in the vicinity of U.S. Navy ships."

A Russian bomber last flew over a U.S. aircraft carrier in July 2004, when a Bear flew over the USS Kitty Hawk in the Sea of Japan, the official said.

Russian bombers have ramped up their flights near U.S. territory and U.S. naval assets over the past year, demonstrating their long-range strike capability. In August, Russian bombers were tracked flying a course toward Guam, a U.S. territory in the Pacific

Those operations come as Russian officials say they will revive some of the military power and reach allowed to collapse with the Soviet Union.
Must have been quite a sight. While the Bears surely have tactical radar, they were endangering themselves and the Nimitz air wing. This would have been a different story a few decades ago.
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International airspace ... operating under due regard. Precisely what the US Carrier Groups do all over the globe, with no concern about the effects on other traffic.

Why should it be a big deal if someone else does it to them ?
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Yep breaking news on sky, why would they do this?
Why wouldn't they?!!
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Why should it be a big deal if someone else does it to them ?
Just to let you know that we were expressly forbidden to go anywhere near the Admiral Kuzntesov and

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is not exactly wazzing over a boat that operates an Air Wing bigger than the whole of the RAF!!!

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I think it may be time to put another Cessna into Red Square, that'll show em.
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http://www.dtic.mil/ndia/ammo/martin.pdf

See page 17. Bears should have been nervous, too.

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Yep breaking news on sky, why would they do this?
It's like, why do dogs lick their balls?

Because they can!
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Old 12th Feb 2008, 00:36
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hhmmm...


From Sky 'News'...

American fighter jets have been scrambled after Russian bombers buzzed a US aircraft carrier in the Western Pacific.

The alert was sparked when two TU-95 Bear bombers flew within 500 miles of the USS Nimitz.

Four American FA-18 fighters were scrambled and tracked the strategic bombers.

One of the Russian planes remained around 50 miles away, but the other buzzed the carrier twice at an altitude of 2,000ft.

"Two of them tracked one of the bombers as it hovered 50 miles away, but one bomber got a much, much closer look.
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Old 12th Feb 2008, 02:09
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How quickly we forget

I recall that 2000 ft was a standard approach limitation for vertical overflight in the bad old days of the Cold War.

Whats the big deal.
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News?

Exactly. To the under informed (Public Punters) - BIG DEAL!!!!

...the point is who will get trigger happy first, he shot me then I shot him then his wingman shot mine and I shot him too.
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http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/7240197.stm
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Originally Posted by Not Long Here View Post
I recall that 2000 ft was a standard approach limitation for vertical overflight in the bad old days of the Cold War.

Whats the big deal.
Nothing to do with the fixed focal length of the cameras of course

Mind you a 10 inch neg gives great resolution
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can't be all that healthy being activly painted with every targeting and what not radar from a us carrier group from 2000 feet. the crew probably all died of testicular cancer by now ....
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First the Japs, then the Spams. Now its the turn of the Ukranians.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/7241470.stm

"Russia has said it may target its missiles at Ukraine if its neighbour joins Nato and accepts the deployment of the US missile defence shield. "
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reminds me of that famous photo kindly posted by HTB .....

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a quick google search shows the new chinese carrier to be nearly ready. just think, the chinese with a blue water navy, what fun we shall have!!
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would that be a "junk" carrier.
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