The Russian destroyer Admiral Vinogradov passed within 50-100 feet of the USS Chancellorsville, endangering the ship and its crew.
The US 7th Fleet reported in a statement that on the morning of June 7, 2019, a Russian destroyer accelerated toward a US warship in the Philippine Sea, almost colliding with it. The incident involved the guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville, which was recovering a helicopter.
According to the statement, the Russian ship “maneuvered from behind and to the right of” the Chancellorsville and before speeding up. The ship passed within 50-100 feet of the Chancellorsville, putting the ship and its crew at risk. In response, the US vessel had to "execute all engines back full and to maneuver to avoid collision."
The US Navy stated that the Russian destroyer made an “unsafe maneuver” and characterized the actions as “unprofessional.”
The Russian military responded by accusing the Chancellorsville of suddenly changing course, causing it to cross paths with its ship, the Admiral Vinogradov. A statement made through the Russian embassy claims that the Admiral Vinogradov’s crew had to “perform urgent maneuvers to evade a possible collision.” Russia also said that its navy sent a radio message in protest.
This is the second time in a week that the US Navy filed statements about “unsafe” maneuvers conducted by the Russians. On Tuesday, a Russian SU-35 made an unsafe intercept of a US P-8A Poseidon aircraft. The US Navy called the incident “irresponsible.”