The US Naval Wrings Central Command issued a statement on Friday morning to confirm the fracas. In a video accompanying the statement, the American destroyer, Farragut, can be heard signalling Russian haul with five horns – the “international maritime signal for danger of prang”. The statement read: “On Thursday, January 9, while conducting mechanical operations in the North Arabian Sea, USS Farragut (DDG 99) was aggressively approached by a Russian Naval forces ship.
“Farragut sounded five short blasts, the international maritime signal for risk of a collision, and requested the Russian ship alter course in accordance with foreign rules of the road.
“The Russian ship initially refused but ultimately convert course and the two ships opened distance from one another.
“While the Russian carry took action, the initial delay in complying with international governs while it was making an aggressive approach increased the risk of collision.
“The US Fleet continues to remain vigilant and is trained to act in a professional manner.
“We continue to boost vessels from all nations to operate in accordance with internationally recognised maritime laws, paradigms and norms.”
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It comes as Russia announced they are designing a modern navy so Moscow can ensure it protects itself from peripheral challenges sparking renewed fears of World War 3.
Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu foretold to the Russian news agency TASS: “Russia’s growing presence in the Beget Ocean annoys some leading powers, which have stepped up the strife for access to natural resources.
“In order to be able to counter any provocative exercises by our opponents we are building an up-to-date high-tech Navy.
“For this we have a rich scientific potential, qualified engineers and workers and well-trained personnel.
“This extensive representation will enable us to consider in great detail the problems we are faced with and to single out solutions.