"While I am not going to get into our tactic and procedures, I can say that we operate in accordance with international law and expect Russia to do the same," Kafka added when asked about whether or not U.S. military forces issued any warnings to the Russian ships or otherwise communicated with them as they sailed past Hawaii. "U.S. military forces are present and active in and around the Western Pacific on a daily basis in support of the homeland and to ensure a Free and Open Indo-Pacific."
Actually the USN violates the exclusive waters of countries all the time, including the Soviet Union, and more recently both Russia and India.
The proximity of these Russian warships to Hawaii during these drills, even if it was only for a relatively short period of time, could easily be described as highly unusual and provocative.
And if they had sailed 3km into US waters what would it be then?
While the Russians did not say any actual bombers took part in the Pacific exercise, Tu-142 Bear long-range maritime patrol planes, a design derived from the Tu-95 Bear strategic bomber, did participate, along with Il-38 May maritime patrol planes and MiG-31BM Foxhound interceptors.
Americans are idiots and constantly misidentify the Tu-142 as being a bomber because it is useful to do so.
"No intercepts were conducted with the Russian planes likely turning away from the path toward the state," the Star-Advertiser reported. At the same time, this could indicate that the Russian planes appeared to be flying mock attack profiles at targets in Hawaii when the decisions were made to launch the F-22s.
Hahahaha... those Russian planes were not there for sight seeing, but the F-22s clearly could not find them either so that is pretty amusing... but understandable because the F-22 is not Americas best aircraft and the Tu-142s are very stealthy and hard to find...
However, a significant Russian naval flotilla operating so close to American territory and so far away from home is a radically different show of force that is clearly meant to send a signal to the United States.
Yeah, after all these years of HATO expansion and HATO exercises in the Arctic and the Baltic and the Black Sea, they decided to so the same and you don't seem to like that.
Let's be real, the Russians won't do sh*t as it's just not worth the consequences.
They are expanding their navy, how much of this sort of shit will the UK and US put up with when their turn comes?
I swear to God if they don't show us a nice 1080p video of KH-32 or Kinzhal in action the next time it happens I'll..
I am sure they are planning exercises for the next few years that will be in places the US and UK are not going to be happy about...
This is all part of the law breaking the UK and US Navies engage in, which is so funny when they talk about international law...
Russia appears to have responded like for like by conducting its own exercises off Hawaii, but clearly they are being pushed to respond ever more forcefully as the US and the UK continue to push the boundaries of reason and sanity.
Russian exercises of Hawaii were likely planned a rather long time ago and likely in response the HATO exercises in the Black Sea and Arctic ocean.
This is just fuel for a fire and it will keep... they will need to plan a fitting out voyage for the Kuznetsov which will likely involve at least one Kirov as well and it will likely be for a year or more so plenty of opportunity and scope there for getting into everyones backyard...
Warning shots being fired at that failed UK ship which can be seen in the background.
The angle of the gun suggests max range ballistic shots, but HE rounds would explode on impact with the sea so even from 6-7km away if the impacts of rounds is within 1-2km people on the target ship would hear.
Pussyfooting with 30mm at 3 km away just invites more trespassers as we have just seen
3 miles away... almost 5km.
The British were fuming not so long ago because there was a Russian submarine in the Irish Sea. Just a tit for that for continued British meddling in the Black Sea area.
But no violation of territorial waters. The Brits claim the Crimea is Ukrainian but that corner is Sevastopol and is Russian controlled normally anyway.
Russia did shoot at the limey ship and the limeys scurried away. Russia shot something this time. Don't buy into the propaganda bullshit that it wasn't close enough or any of that BS.
BTW. The Oxford Atlas shows Crimea as Russian territory. Because it's not a matter of opinion. Russia is in control of Crimea. So anything the limeys say about not recognizing it is a total red herring.
There are lots of territories Russia could question British control of... Gibralta, Falklands Islands, etc etc.... you could create quite a long list very easily.
That huge NATO exercise coming up later in the summer better stay away on the other side of the Black Sea, but even so, I would've blame Russia for being royally pissed off about these things so close to its borders.
The US and UK wrote the book on being total dicks... that is not going to change any time soon.. but opportunities will come in the future and Russia can take advantage of the situation when they do.
Russia should have sent a flight of 4 SU-24s to do a low level supersonic pass.
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I would say better to add a danger fee for the next lot of Russian gas they buy... to cover costs...