“On Thursday, Jan. 9, while conducting routine operations in the North Arabian Sea, USS Farragut (DDG 99) was aggressively approached by a Russian Navy ship,” the Fifth Fleet of the US Navy, which controls naval operations in the Middle East, said in a statement.
The American destroyer sounded five short blasts, the international maritime signal for danger of a collision, and requested the Russian ship to alter the course in accordance with international rules.
The Russian ship initially refused to react, creating a danger of collision. However, later it changed course.
On Thursday, Jan. 9, while conducting routine operations in the North Arabian Sea, USS Farragut (DDG 99) was aggressively approached by a Russian Navy ship. pic.twitter.com/SCVyTINNqe— U.S. 5th Fleet (@US5thFleet) January 10, 2020
US Navy spokesman said Farragut is part of the Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier group. The destroyer's task is to intercept potential enemy ships to prevent them from approaching the aircraft carrier.
According to Reuters, the Russian ministry of defense has accused USS Farragut of conducting dangerous maneuvers.
"It was the destroyer of the U.S. Navy, located to the left of the Russian warship, that moved forward, grossly violated international rules for preventing collisions at sea by performing a maneuver to cross the course of the Russian ship," the report said.
This incident occurred seven months after another incident in the Pacific. The US Navy notes that in June, American and Russian ships became so close that the US military had to make an emergency maneuver in order to avoid a collision.