Believe you me, this incident would have skyrocketed into a shoot-out in the Black Sea and elsewhere. That's why folks, sometimes what is typed or supposedly stated as facts on the internet (like the originator of this report) whose verbalized reading of the "supposed" USS Donald Cook encounter, and the summations of this uninformed gentleman was not only irresponsible, but reckless and absolutely misguided.
Bottom line, having been in the military myself and having let's say been "exposed" to ECM (Electronic Counter Measures) and ECCM (Electronic Counter Counter Counter Measures) felt it necessary to correct the reporting and summations made by this uninformed gentlemen. This gentlemen absolutely does not understand how these things work and it may cause some of those who do not understand these things panic.
The USS Donald Cook was probably in passive mode and therefore, if painted, probably had orders to not interdict or engage aircraft or ECM measures in the Black Sea; preventing any mistakes in causing an international incident!! By the way, the U.S. Air Force most likely had aircraft AWACS aloft who we know constantly patrol, and would have added superseded layers of monitoring; let's leave it like that. For those who need to have a greater understanding of how we work?! The United States never sends ships into harms way or what is considered forward areas unprotected without being properly supported by other offensive/defensive packages.
I welcome your comments...
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