Russian Spy Ship Aggressively Approaches U.S. Destroyer

The U.S. Navy has revealed that a Russian Navy spy ship "aggressively approached" the Arleigh Burke class destroyer USS Farragut in the North Arabian Sea yesterday. This follows a similar incident between one of the Navy's Ticonderoga class cruisers and a Russian Navy Udaloy class destroyer last year in the Pacific.

The Navy's Fifth Fleet, which is responsible for overseeing U.S. naval activities in the Middle East and parts of the Indian Ocean, released video footage of the incident, which it says occurred on Jan. 9, 2020. The Navy did not name the Russian ship involved and no hull number is visible, but it appears to be one of two Project 18280 Yuriy Ivanov class spy ships. In the video, sailors can be heard identifying it as an "AGI," or an intelligence-gathering auxiliary, as well as saying that it got within 200 yards of the Farragut. The American destroyer is presently operating in the North Arabian Sea as part of the Truman Carrier Strike Group.

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