Russian, US warships almost collided in Philippine Sea

United States Navy Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG-62) and Russian Navy Udaloy-class destroyer Admiral Vinogradov almost collided while sailing in Philippine Sea on June 7.

The U.S. Navy cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG 62), right, is forced to maneuver to avoid collision from the approaching Russian destroyer Udaloy I (DD 572), closing to approximately 50-100 feet putting the safety of her crew and ship at risk. US Navy photo

According to US Navy 7th Fleet, the Russian destroyer’s maneuvers were unsafe and unprofessional. However, Russian Navy Pacific Fleet refuted US Navy’s statement.

“While Chancellorsville was recovering its helicopter on a steady course and speed when the Russian ship DD 572 maneuvered from behind and to the right of Chancellorsville accelerated and closed to an unsafe distance of approximately 50–100 feet. This unsafe action forced Chancellorsville to execute all engines back full and to maneuver to avoid collision,” US 7th Fleet said.

“We consider Russia’s actions during this interaction as unsafe and unprofessional and not in accordance with the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGS), “Rules of the Road,” and internationally recognized maritime customs,” it added.

For Russian Navy Pacific Fleet, the US cruiser made a sudden change of course and crossed Vinogradov’s course.

“The US cruiser Chancellorsville suddenly changed its course and crossed the Admiral Vinogradov destroyer’s course some 50 meters away from the ship. In order to prevent a collision, the Admiral Vinogradov’s crew was forced to conduct an emergency maneuver,” the Russian fleet said.