A Turkish newspaper released a video of the US destroyer Donald Cook and the Russian frigate Admiral Essen sailing in close proximity of each other in the Bosporus Strait.
The two warships appeared in the video crossing under the bridge over the strait, one after another. The distance between the two vessels was so small at some point. The footage provides impressive close-ups of the two ships, allowing a good look at the guns and missile arsenals aboard.
Donald Cook entered the Bosporus Strait and traveled to the Mediterranean on Friday. The destroyer previously spent two weeks in the Black Sea in what the US Navy called an operation to provide security in the region.
Arleigh Burke class @USNavyEurope guided missile destroyer #USSDonaldCook departs BlackSea & transits Bosphorus. 05:30Z/00:30EST. #DDG75 is on its 8th patrol in the #US6thFleet AOO. USS Donald Cook visited Odessa 🇺🇦 a few days ago. #ForwardDeployed My pic via @reuterspictures pic.twitter.com/HkLQfdGcRU
— Yörük Işık (@YorukIsik) March 1, 2019
From its side, Moscow slammed the presence of the US Navy in the area, saying that it only serves to increase tensions and puts Europe at risk of a military conflict.