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