Just going to visit Poland and run into Uncle Ivan

The Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG-75) is forward deployed to Rota, Spain to help provide a ABM shield over Europe and allow NATO members to sleep well at night. Well, as part of her gig with 6th Fleet, she ran up to the Baltic Sea and chilled in Gdynia, the primary Polish Naval base. There, offshore, she conducted flight ops with a Polish Navy SH-2G Sea Sprite..

Isnt it cute...

Isn’t it cute…

These these guys showed up,

160412-N-ZZ999-008 BALTIC SEA (April 12, 2016) A Russian Sukhoi Su-24 attack aircraft makes a very low altitude pass by USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) April 12, 2016. Donald Cook, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer forward deployed to Rota, Spain, is conducting a routine patrol in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)

160412-N-ZZ999-008 BALTIC SEA (April 12, 2016) A Russian Sukhoi Su-24 attack aircraft makes a very low altitude pass by USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) April 12, 2016. Donald Cook, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer forward deployed to Rota, Spain, is conducting a routine patrol in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)

On April 11, two Russian Su-24 attack planes made numerous passes while the destroyer, on routine deployment in support of NATO operations, was conducting operations with the Poles. Out of safety concerns, the Cook‘s commander suspended air operations.

Then on April 12, a Russian Ka-27 Helix helicopter began circling Cook, making no less than seven passes that were deemed “unsafe and unprofessional” by the ship’s commanding officer. This was followed up by another pair of Su-24s who made 11 low-altitude passes.

Just Ivan dropping in below the bridge wing...Welcome to the Baltic

Just Ivan dropping in below the bridge wing…Welcome to the Baltic

“The Russian aircraft flew in a simulated attack profile and failed to respond to repeated safety advisories in both English and Russian,” noted a release from U.S. European Command.

Ironically, this is not the Cook‘s first brush with Russki Su24s, In 2014 a pair of Su-24s made “danger close” passes over the warship while in international waters in the Black Sea.

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About laststandonzombieisland

Let me introduce myself. I am a bit of a conflict junkie. I am fascinated by war and warfare, assassination, personal protection and weaponry ranging from spud guns and flame throwers to thermonuclear bombs and Soviet-trained Ebola monkeys. In short, if it’s violent or a tool to create violence it is kind of my thing. I have written a few thousand articles on the dry encyclopedia side for such websites as GUNS.com, Univesity of Guns, Outdoor Hub, History Times, Big Game Hunter, Glock Forum, Firearms Talk.com, and Combat Forums; as well as for print publications like England Expects, and Strike First Strike Fast. Several magazines such as Sea Classics, Military Historian and Collector, Mississippi Sportsman and Warship International have carried my pieces. Additionally I am on staff as a naval consultant and writer for Eye Spy Intelligence Magazine. Currently I am working on several book projects including an alternative history novel about the US-German War of 1916, and a biography of Southern gadfly and soldier of fortune Bennett Doty. My first novel, about the coming zombie apocalypse was released in 2012 by Necro Publications and can be found at Amazon.com as was the prequel, Chimera-44. I am currently working on book two of that series: "Pirates of the Zombie Coast." In my day job I am a contractor for the US federal government in what could best be described as the ‘Force Protection’ field. In this I am an NRA-certified firearms, and less-than-lethal combat instructor.

4 responses to “Just going to visit Poland and run into Uncle Ivan”

  1. Martin says :

    Learn some geography, dude. Gdynia and Gdansk are two different cities and ports, although indeed close to each other. One is modern and industrial built in 1920-30s, the other ancient and was in fact also known as Danzig (German name for Gdansk).

    • laststandonzombieisland says :

      Holy crap, what a colossal feck up I am. Dropped the Danzig reference. I should have known better. Thanks for keeping me honest.

      • Martin says :

        well (as much as I love sarcasm) – if I was a writer and a conflict/conspiracy aficionado, I would try to get my facts straight before posting a story about Amsterdam formerly known as Rotterdam.

      • laststandonzombieisland says :

        Martin, as I said, I screwed up and should have known better. I’ve corrected the post. I’ve approved your comments. I’ve replied with an apology. I am not sure what else I can do at this point.

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