Check out this video on YouTube: Ladies & Gentlemen, though you maybe amazed at this supposed report that "claims" that the Russians were successful in actually "neutralizing" an Agis equipped 4th generation destroyer; it left out one major aspect to the story; therefore, inaccurately and grossly misstating the facts! If the USS Donald Cook had actually engaged the Russian Aircraft with any ECM and/or ECC measures?! Both Russian aircraft would have CRASHED into the Black Sea! Reasons being, it would have rendered all flight surfaces useless also therefore, leaving the aircraft unable to fly! Just think of it, jamming doesn't only confuse weapons systems? But it totally neutralizes flight electronic systems that enables especially an aircraft to acutely continue to fly! Therefore, having said that, if the USS Donald Cook had decided to "fully" engage the aircraft with ECC measures; doing so would have caused an international crises. The ramifications would been great, such endangering the lives of the Russia pilots, because their aircraft would have ended up into the ocean. Other ramifications would have endangered the lives of the crew of the USS Donald Cook. Because there would not be anyway for the USS Donald Cook to act in a benign (non offensive encounter). Therefore, the USS Donald Cook's return would have been tantamount to all out war!
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.
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