In three separate incidents on February 10, Russian fighter jets and and a maritime patrol aircraft flew close to the Porter, which the ship deemed unsafe and unprofessional, according to a Reuters report.
The incident "was deemed unsafe and unprofessional because of various factors including low altitude and high speed", said Lt. Col. David Faggard, a command spokesman. One involved two Russian Su-24 jets, another a separate Su-24, and the third involved a larger IL-38.
Russian aircraft repeatedly buzzed US jets and ships throughout 2016.More news: German, eurozone economic growth revised down slightly
"All of our flights were conducted and are being conducted over the neutral waters of the Black Sea in accordance with global rules and safety requirements". Transponders help identify an aircraft, and American officials say flying with the transponders off increased the risk of an accident or miscalculation.
Another U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the closest incident that day involved the lone SU-24, which came within 200 yards of the Porter at an altitude of 300 feet (91 meters).
The USS Porter, a missile ship, was buzzed by Vladimir Putin's military aircraft three times as it moved through waters near Russian Federation.More news: Google uses Valentine's Day doodle to bring awareness to endangered animal
In 2016, asked about a Russian fighter jet barrel-rolling next to a USA ship, Donald Trump suggested the Navy has "gotta shoot" if Vladimir Putin ignored calls to stop. The drills in the vicinity of Constanta, Romania, took place February 1-10. U.S. participation "demonstrates the commitment to deploying leading technology and combat capability in support of allies and partners and collective defense of the Black Sea region", the U.S. Navy reported.
Moscow has repeatedly voiced concerns over NATO's military activity on its borders.
Back in April past year, the US Navy said two Russian aircraft flew simulated attack passes near a US guided missile destroyer in the Baltic Sea. Judging by the videos released by the US Navy at the time, the sailors aboard the USS Donald Cook were unperturbed by the Russian aerobatic skills and instead gathered on the top deck of the destroyer to watch and comment on the Su-24's maneuvers.More news: Verizon! surprisingly! OK! with! Yahoo! despite! mega-hack