US-Russia STANDOFF: Moment US warship narrowly escapes COLLISION with Russian destroyer

US-Russia STANDOFF: Moment US warship narrowly escapes COLLISION with Russian destroyer

The US Navy has accused a Russian warship of “unsafe and unprofessional” conduct after a tense standoff on Friday. The US Navy released footage of the near collision, showing the USS Chancellorsville being forced to manoeuvre to avoid a crash. The Russian Udaloy-class destroyer can be seen getting very close to the USS Chancellorsville as the warships move past one another. The US Navy posted: “BREAKING: #USNavy has released video of #USSChancellorsville being forced to manoeuvre to avoid collision.

“#Russian destroyer Udaloy I made an unsafe and unprofessional approach in the Phillippine Sea, June 7th.”

In an earlier post, the US Navy explained: “While recovering its helicopter #USSChancellorsville was forced to execute all engines back full.

“To avoid collision with #Russian destroyer Udaloy I, which had come from behind and alongside within 50-100 feet in the Phillippine Sea.”

However in a contrasting version of events, Russia's Pacific Fleet said that the USS Chancellorsville, a guided-missile cruiser, had come within just 50 meters (165 feet) of the Russian destroyer Admiral Vinogradov.

The Russian warship had been forced to take emergency action to avoid a collision, Russian news agencies reported.

They cited a Russian Pacific Fleet statement as saying the incident took place in the early hours of Friday morning in the eastern part of the East China Sea at a time when a group of Russian warships was on a parallel course with a U.S. naval strike group.

The statement said: ”The U.S guided-missile cruiser Chancellorsville suddenly changed course and cut across the path of the destroyer Admiral Vinogradov coming within 50 metres of the ship.

”A protest over the international radio frequency was made to the commanders of the American ship who were warned about the unacceptable nature of such actions.”

U.S. Seventh Fleet spokesman Commander Clayton Doss said: “While operating in the Philippine Sea, a Russian Destroyer...made an unsafe manoeuvre against USS Chancellorsville.

"This unsafe action forced Chancellorsville to execute all engines back full and to maneuver to avoid collision."

He described a Russian assertion that the U.S. ship had acted dangerously as "propaganda". The Russian destroyer came within 50 to 100 feet of the Chancellorsville, he said, putting the safety of her crew and the ship at risk.

The incident comes days after Washington and Moscow sparred over an allegedly unsafe spy plane intercept by a Russian fighter jet near Syria.

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