Russian attack aircraft made 31 low passes over and around a U.S. Navy destroyer cruising 70 miles offshore in the Baltic on April 12.

What did the crew do?

They took pictures.

As a retired Navy radarman/ operation specialist, I find this embarrassing, and utterly unbelievable. I do not have to imagine the reception they would have received from any tin can or cruiser I was ever in. At the very least, they would have been “lit up” by fire control radar. They would have made one pass.

Yes, times have changed. But never forget, we won the cold war, and part of that success was not allowing that type of provocation.

DAVID FORTIERE

Chief Operation Specialist

U.S. Navy (Ret.)

Carradale Lane

Mount Pleasant