Russian destroyer has to shoot at a Turkish Seiner boat to prevent collision

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Fort Russ – 13th December, 2015


Taken from Russia’s Ministry of Defence Facebook Page

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Military attaché at the Turkish embassy in Moscow was urgently invited to the Russian Ministry of Defence in connection with the incident in the Aegean Sea.

On December 13, 2015, the Russian guard ship Smetlivy staying 22 km far from the Lemnos Island in the northern part of the Aegean Sea prevented the collision with a Turkish seine vessel. At 9:03 (MSK), the watchmen of the ship detected a Turkish vessel at the distance of 1 000 metres approaching the anchored guard ship Smetlivy from the starboard. Despite multiple efforts of the Smetlivy to establish a contact with the Turkish seine vessel, its crew did not respond to radio and semaphore signals as well as signal rockets.

After the distance between the Turkish seine vessel the Russian guard ship reached 600 metres, the naval small arms were used at the distance of guaranteed survivability of the target in order to prevent the collision of the ships. Immediately after that, the Turkish vessel changed the heading and continued movement at the distance of 540 metres without contacting the Russian crew. In connection with the incident in the Aegean Sea, Russian Deputy Defence Minister Anatoly Antonov invited the military attaché at the Turkish embassy in Russia to the Russian Defence Ministry.

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