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U.S. Intercepts Two Russian Bombers off Alaska's Coast

Navy Commander Gary Ross says the intercept was "safe and professional"
By The News · 18 of April 2017 17:34:54
USS Ross (DDG 71) departs Rota, Spain March 29, 2017, USS Ross (DDG 71) departs Rota, Spain March 29, 2017. photo: U.S. Navy via AP/ Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Robert S. Price, photo: U.S. Navy/ Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Robert S. Price, via AP

WASHINGTON – The U.S. military says it intercepted two Russian bombers in international airspace off Alaska’s coast.

Navy Commander Gary Ross, a Pentagon spokesman, says a pair of F-22 Raptor aircraft intercepted the Russian TU-95 Bear bombers on Monday.

Ross says the intercept was “safe and professional.”

North American Aerospace Defense Command monitors air approaches to North America and defends the airspace.

Fox News said Tuesday the Russian planes flew within 100 miles (160 kilometers) of Alaska’s Kodiak Island.

It said the American jets escorted the Russian bombers for 12 minutes. The bombers then flew back to eastern Russia.