Fighter jets from the USS Ronald Reagan scrambled to intercept two Russian bombers that flew within one mile of the carrier during the latest saber-rattling by Moscow.
“There were two Russian Tu-142 Bear aircraft that approached the USS Ronald Reagan on the morning of Oct. 27 … while the Reagan was operating in the Sea of Japan,” said Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman.
Four F/A-18 jets were launched from the carrier to intercept and escort the Russian aircraft, he added.
“The interaction was characterized as safe,” Davis said, noting that prudent defensive action was taken by the carrier.