Aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan scrambles 2 fighters to intercept Russian planes

Russian bombers approaching the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan were intercepted and escorted away by Navy fighter jets on Sunday.

Two Russian TU-95 bombers flew about 80 miles from the US carrier which is operating in the Sea of Japan/ East Sea, CNN reported.

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US Navy F/A-18 fighter jets were dispatched from the aircraft carrier and escorted the Russian bombers without incident, two US defense officials confirmed to CNN.

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The USS Ronald Reagan was joined by two other carriers, the USS Theodore Roosevelt and USS Nimitz,  last week in the US Navy’s 7th Fleet area of operations, an area covering the western Pacific and eastern Indian oceans. The USS Nimitz aircraft carrier left the Middle East where it just finished three months fighting ISIS, according to the US Navy, Business Insider reported.

The increased US military presence in the region is certainly meant to send a strong message to North Korea, but will equally communicate that to Russia and China as well.

More than 30 interactions occurred just in June between Russian and US aircraft and ships near the Baltic Sea, according to CNN. A Russian Su-27 fighter jet flying within five feet of a US Air Force RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft in June was seen as an “unsafe” intercept.

Over the summer, Russian fighter jets and bombers flying off the coast of Alaska were met with US F-22 Raptors several times.

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“The US military sees these flights as routine and they are not a cause for concern,” CNN reported per a US official.

Video of CNN’s Brooke Baldwin aboard the USS Ronald Reagan can be seen below.

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