A totally unsurprising news item from Reuters this morning:
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier scrambled four fighter jets to intercept approaching Russian warplanes as it carried out a military exercise on Tuesday in the Sea of Japan, U.S. military officials said on Thursday.
The two Russian TU-145 “Bear” jets came as close as a nautical mile from the carrier and were flying at a low-altitude, about 500 feet (152 m) above sea level, the officials said.
TU-145 Bear is a long-range anti-submarine warfare plane and a variant of the TU-95 Bear strategic bomber.
The incident, although unusual, was characterized by the Pentagon as “safe.”
About as “safe” as having Barack Obama as commander in chief I suppose.
Oh what the heck: since I have a few leftover pics from tomorrow’s weekly photo spread, might as well give a preview: