The USS Vicksburg, a Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser, and the Turkish TCG Turgutries frigate, presently sailing on the southwestern part of the Black Sea, have been the targets of Russian jets monitoring.
Due to the Russian presence around the NATO ships, two NATO warships will join the Vicksburg; Italian frigate Aliseo and Canadian frigate Fredericton, currently passing through the Black Sea straight.
Toward Routine Russian Training Missions?
Russia has been recently conducting training missions closer to NATO warships, especially in the Black Sea. Since they have invaded Crimea and conducting proxy wars in Eastern Ukraine, Russia has been agressively conducting training missions designed to raise their readiness against a NATO intervention in the region.
Back in April 2014, a Su-24 Fencer flew multiple pass over the USS Donald Cook, a US Navy destroyer operating in the Black Sea at that time. The Russian behavior was considered provocative by the Donald Cook commander.
Ironically, Russia believe their “training” mission is also good for the NATO warships by giving them the ability to practice repelling air attacks. They also believe those manoeuvers are giving valuable experience to their pilots.
Question is: why don’t they train using their own ships?
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