WATCH: US Navy releases video of Russian destroyer almost COLLIDING with USS Chancellorsville

The US Navy has released new videos of an altercation this morning in the Philippine Sea with a Russian destroyer. The Russian ship came so close to the USS Chancellorsville that they had to reverse engines to avoid a collision:

At approximately 11:45 am on June 7, 2019 while operating in the Philippine Sea, a Russian destroyer (Udaloy I DD 572) made an unsafe maneuver against USS Chancellorsville (CG-62), closing to ~50-100 feet putting the safety of her crew and ship at risk.

While Chancellorsville was recovering its helicopter on a steady course and speed when the Russian ship DD572 maneuvered from behind and to the right of Chancellorsville accelerated and closed to an unsafe distance of ~50-100 feet. This unsafe action forced Chancellorsville to execute all engines back full and to maneuver to avoid collision.

We consider Russia’s actions during this interaction as unsafe and unprofessional and not in accordance with the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGS), “Rules of the Road,” and internationally recognized maritime customs.



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112 thoughts on “WATCH: US Navy releases video of Russian destroyer almost COLLIDING with USS Chancellorsville

  1. The USA Navy should’ve played “Creeping Death” by Metallica over the loudspeaker on that ship with a verbal warning that their ass is about to be swimming with the fishes.

  2. The U.S. Navy deserves much credit for successfully avoiding an accident that could have resulted from Russia’s reckless conduct. Russia is likely testing U.S. responses to better understand U.S. capabilities. If so, it will likely continue to engage in dangerous conduct.

  3. My husband could tell stories of incidents that happened while he was in the Navy where the Russians tried to play “chicken” with the US and there were collisions that were never reported to the public.

    1. @sheerpolitics Yes. They call it Crazy Ivan. A very apt description, if you ask me.

  4. This is nothing new, it’s been going on since WWII. I think that the Russians need to flex their muscles every now and then to build their self-esteem.

        1. I just think literally every that comes out of your mouth that shows up on my screen is fall down laughing hilarious. It’s like you don’t even realize what you’re saying. Oh man, seriously, I have to actually thank you Doc. You’re easily my favorite person on this site. You make me laugh like nobody else does. Thanks for that buddy. Thank you.

      1. This is public knowledge. Throughout the cold-war there were incidents. I remember several incidents in 1985 and 1986. They do it in the air, they do it on the sea, and there were land border incidents in Germany and Korea.

  5. Did not look like they were at battle stations as evidenced by the couple sunning themselves on the after-deck. I think our guys should have “egged” them.

  6. Heh, the Americans should have yelled off the side, “Anyone want to defect? We’ve got plenty of room!”

  7. I’m no expert, but I am a VERY concerned American veteran/citizen who is fed up with this criminal behavior by the damned Russians. My uninformed/uneducated suggestion is to establish and announce to the world that America is adopting a maritime rule that if another vessel comes within 500 yards of our ships or deliberately maneuvers into the path of one of our ships in an aggressive (dangerous) manner, that we will open fire on the aggressive/attacking vessel.

    The same would apply to aircraft around our airspace – international or otherwise. Except the distance might be one mile or something similar.

    My point is that these other nations are purposefully endangering our military and causing unsafe situations and that America has had enough. This sounds like what Trump might do. And it’s surely what I would do if I were POTUS. Russia cannot afford a war and this provocative BS needs to end immediately! They are becoming more and more brazen and dangerous.

    1. Exactly right, Sentinel. These godless nations whose leaders keep trying to pop their testosterone at our expense need a few lessons. When the “sleeping giant” awakens, Hell hath no fury. Just ask Japan.

    2. Right there with you we were posting at the same time you used the thinking part of your brain and I used the reaction/ emotional shorter version part of the brain. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. Putin is REALLY going out of his way to prove he and Trump weren’t colluding or are buddies. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. I’m getting really tired of this. Why do they keep doing this sort of thing. Particularly buzzing aircraft.

    1. Obviously this collision collusion has something to do with Trump…..Congress needs to conduct a lengthy, fruitless investigation. /s

        1. Obama was a WIMP (Weak, Incompetent, Malingering Pu$$y). Trump needs to vocally set these a-holes straight, then follow-up with severe action.

  10. Putin seems to be pushing buttons. Why would he want an altercation? It definitely seems to be what he’s looking for.

    1. @sjmom Yup and if we fire first Putin will probably get what he wants. He wants to see if we’ll flinch or if he can get as to respond. Best thing we can do is point at it and mock in a “how childish and stupid” sort of way.

      1. Or we could nuke the Kremlin.

        I’m just saying. That’s an option.

        I mean, we have all those nukes and they’re just sitting there.

        Oh, but you’re right. We don’t want to seem like we’re aggressors. Sigh.

        WAIT I HAVE IT. Let’s nuke our southern border first. Repeatedly. That will solve a separate problem. THEN we’ll nuke the Kremlin. That way people won’t think of us as aggressive. Just batshit crazy.

        1. Or, we could have just made the decision to protect the Chancellorsville by blowing the Russian DD572 out of the water, or by jamming its systems or whatever our Navy has at its hands….but the captain of the ship would have to be of the mind to do so. He or she may be more worried about their Naval career than whether or not their ship is being attacked; frankly, he or she is damned no matter what they do. This is what happens when a nation infiltrates its thinking with political correctness. Other than that he was Army, I doubt Patton would have been so kind OR wasted even a moment as to what to do (but then he hated the Russians AND also saw what islam does and wanted to take them out too). We need a bunch of Pattons!

        2. AT would have loved to have had you for a partner while I was in Korea or someone like you.LOL

    2. Putin, China and many islamofascist nations are led by satan. The behavior and actions of so many, these days, suggests that we are in the End Times and that we can expect to see this sort of thing more often. Very sad. ๐Ÿ˜•

  11. “Unsafe” and “unprofessional.” Pretty diplomatic way of putting it. I’d say it was antagonistic.

  12. I’m hardly an expert on military ships. Ours fires missiles and theirs is anti-submarine missile ….if I’m correct. So it appears to me neither had the ability to attack each other, which would explain why everyone was so casual as if they were surfers on the beach.

    Maybe someone can correct me or clarify further.

    1. @kong1967 The guns on the front of the Russian ship could fire upon ours and do a lot of damage. Don’t know what the Chancellorville is but it most likely has the ability for offensive and defensive ship to ship maneuvers.

      1. USS Chancellorsville (CG-62) is a Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser in service in the United States Navy. Currently she is assigned to Carrier Strike Group Five and is deployed to Yokosuka, Japan.

        Chancellorsville carries guided missiles and rapid-fire cannons, with anti-air, anti-surface and anti-subsurface capabilities. She also carries two Seahawk Light airborne multi-purpose system (LAMPS) helicopters, focused on anti-submarine warfare.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Chancellorsville

      2. @paladin At first I thought it was a Russian battleship, but after looking it up and seeing that it defends against submarine missiles I figured it wouldn’t have a lot of firepower otherwise. It definitely has some big guns though.

        1. They all have some big guns, even the supply ships, but they are also part of an entire battle group. I do not know what other American ships were near the USS Chancellorsville, but they likely were not far away from her.

    2. Don’t know about the Chancellorsville but the Russian Ship seems to have adequate armament to do some damage 2X100mm naval guns and looks like 4 or 5 torpedo tubes on the port side. I’m sure the is AA and Anti-submarine stuff as well.

      1. @whbates Maybe we need to travel in protected groups and blow anything Russian out of the water if they pull a stunt like this again. They wouldn’t want me to be military commander. I’d start WWIII. Or, as AOC says…WWII.

        “Uh….sir….that was a freaking tugboat you just blew to pieces!”

    3. When the ship got too close, most maneuvers would have harmed our ship too. However, our Sec Def needs to issue an edict to all nations that if they send their ships or weaponry within “X number of yards” of our ships or bases, from this day forth, we will destroy.

  13. Did not look like they were at battle stations as evidenced by the couple sunning themselves on the after-deck. I think our guys should have “egged” them.

  14. This is nothing new, it’s been going on since WWII. I think that the Russians need to flex their muscles every now and then to build their self-esteem.

        1. I just think literally every that comes out of your mouth that shows up on my screen is fall down laughing hilarious. It’s like you don’t even realize what you’re saying. Oh man, seriously, I have to actually thank you Doc. You’re easily my favorite person on this site. You make me laugh like nobody else does. Thanks for that buddy. Thank you.

      1. This is public knowledge. Throughout the cold-war there were incidents. I remember several incidents in 1985 and 1986. They do it in the air, they do it on the sea, and there were land border incidents in Germany and Korea.

        1. I know. I’m just stickin’ it to the Doc. He gave me an opening. I couldn’t resist. ๐Ÿ˜€

  15. Heh, the Americans should have yelled off the side, “Anyone want to defect? We’ve got plenty of room!”

  16. The U.S. Navy deserves much credit for successfully avoiding an accident that could have resulted from Russiaโ€™s reckless conduct. Russia is likely testing U.S. responses to better understand U.S. capabilities. If so, it will likely continue to engage in dangerous conduct.

  17. My husband could tell stories of incidents that happened while he was in the Navy where the Russians tried to play “chicken” with the US and there were collisions that were never reported to the public.

    1. @sheerpolitics Yes. They call it Crazy Ivan. A very apt description, if you ask me.

  18. I would like to know what Putin hopes to accomplish with this behavior. We know that he is in close relationship with Iran, Turkey and China (each of whom have totally separate agendas); are they all trying to start WWIII? They cannot win. No one, really, will win in such a war, so unless all of the leaders of all of those nations are ready for total annihilation of their nations and destruction of their power, I do not understand why they think this is a good idea. Fools.

  19. Putin seems to be pushing buttons. Why would he want an altercation? It definitely seems to be what he’s looking for.

    1. @sjmom Yup and if we fire first Putin will probably get what he wants. He wants to see if we’ll flinch or if he can get as to respond. Best thing we can do is point at it and mock in a “how childish and stupid” sort of way.

      1. Or we could nuke the Kremlin.

        I’m just saying. That’s an option.

        I mean, we have all those nukes and they’re just sitting there.

        Oh, but you’re right. We don’t want to seem like we’re aggressors. Sigh.

        WAIT I HAVE IT. Let’s nuke our southern border first. Repeatedly. That will solve a separate problem. THEN we’ll nuke the Kremlin. That way people won’t think of us as aggressive. Just batshit crazy.

        1. Or, we could have just made the decision to protect the Chancellorsville by blowing the Russian DD572 out of the water, or by jamming its systems or whatever our Navy has at its hands….but the captain of the ship would have to be of the mind to do so. He or she may be more worried about their Naval career than whether or not their ship is being attacked; frankly, he or she is damned no matter what they do. This is what happens when a nation infiltrates its thinking with political correctness. Other than that he was Army, I doubt Patton would have been so kind OR wasted even a moment as to what to do (but then he hated the Russians AND also saw what islam does and wanted to take them out too). We need a bunch of Pattons!

        2. AT would have loved to have had you for a partner while I was in Korea or someone like you.LOL

    2. Putin, China and many islamofascist nations are led by satan. The behavior and actions of so many, these days, suggests that we are in the End Times and that we can expect to see this sort of thing more often. Very sad. ๐Ÿ˜•

  20. I’m hardly an expert on military ships. Ours fires missiles and theirs is anti-submarine missile ….if I’m correct. So it appears to me neither had the ability to attack each other, which would explain why everyone was so casual as if they were surfers on the beach.

    Maybe someone can correct me or clarify further.

    1. @kong1967 The guns on the front of the Russian ship could fire upon ours and do a lot of damage. Don’t know what the Chancellorville is but it most likely has the ability for offensive and defensive ship to ship maneuvers.

      1. USS Chancellorsville (CG-62) is a Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser in service in the United States Navy. Currently she is assigned to Carrier Strike Group Five and is deployed to Yokosuka, Japan.


        Chancellorsville carries guided missiles and rapid-fire cannons, with anti-air, anti-surface and anti-subsurface capabilities. She also carries two Seahawk Light airborne multi-purpose system (LAMPS) helicopters, focused on anti-submarine warfare.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Chancellorsville

      2. @paladin At first I thought it was a Russian battleship, but after looking it up and seeing that it defends against submarine missiles I figured it wouldn’t have a lot of firepower otherwise. It definitely has some big guns though.

        1. They all have some big guns, even the supply ships, but they are also part of an entire battle group. I do not know what other American ships were near the USS Chancellorsville, but they likely were not far away from her.

    2. Don’t know about the Chancellorsville but the Russian Ship seems to have adequate armament to do some damage 2X100mm naval guns and looks like 4 or 5 torpedo tubes on the port side. I’m sure the is AA and Anti-submarine stuff as well.

      1. @whbates Maybe we need to travel in protected groups and blow anything Russian out of the water if they pull a stunt like this again. They wouldn’t want me to be military commander. I’d start WWIII. Or, as AOC says…WWII.

        “Uh….sir….that was a freaking tugboat you just blew to pieces!”

    3. When the ship got too close, most maneuvers would have harmed our ship too. However, our Sec Def needs to issue an edict to all nations that if they send their ships or weaponry within “X number of yards” of our ships or bases, from this day forth, we will destroy.

  21. “Unsafe” and “unprofessional.” Pretty diplomatic way of putting it. I’d say it was antagonistic.

  22. The USA Navy should’ve played “Creeping Death” by Metallica over the loudspeaker on that ship with a verbal warning that their ass is about to be swimming with the fishes.

  23. Putin is REALLY going out of his way to prove he and Trump weren’t colluding or are buddies. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  24. I’m no expert, but I am a VERY concerned American veteran/citizen who is fed up with this criminal behavior by the damned Russians. My uninformed/uneducated suggestion is to establish and announce to the world that America is adopting a maritime rule that if another vessel comes within 500 yards of our ships or deliberately maneuvers into the path of one of our ships in an aggressive (dangerous) manner, that we will open fire on the aggressive/attacking vessel.

    The same would apply to aircraft around our airspace – international or otherwise. Except the distance might be one mile or something similar.

    My point is that these other nations are purposefully endangering our military and causing unsafe situations and that America has had enough. This sounds like what Trump might do. And it’s surely what I would do if I were POTUS. Russia cannot afford a war and this provocative BS needs to end immediately! They are becoming more and more brazen and dangerous.

    1. Right there with you we were posting at the same time you used the thinking part of your brain and I used the reaction/ emotional shorter version part of the brain. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      1. ๐Ÿ™‚

        Great minds…

        It gets harder and harder for me to separate the two… ๐Ÿ˜ณ

    2. Exactly right, Sentinel. These godless nations whose leaders keep trying to pop their testosterone at our expense need a few lessons. When the “sleeping giant” awakens, Hell hath no fury. Just ask Japan.

  25. I’m confused… I thought the shyster Bob Mueller and his crew said Trump and Putin were friends and Putin helped Trump win the 2016 election.

  26. I’m getting really tired of this. Why do they keep doing this sort of thing. Particularly buzzing aircraft.

    1. Obviously this collision collusion has something to do with Trump…..Congress needs to conduct a lengthy, fruitless investigation. /s

        1. Obama was a WIMP (Weak, Incompetent, Malingering Pu$$y). Trump needs to vocally set these a-holes straight, then follow-up with severe action.

            1. Perhaps he will when he gets home; much of this behavior is done while Trump is out of the country leaving, what Putin apparently believes, incompetent idiots and cowards in charge. We need to vote those out.

  27. I would like to know what Putin hopes to accomplish with this behavior. We know that he is in close relationship with Iran, Turkey and China (each of whom have totally separate agendas); are they all trying to start WWIII? They cannot win. No one, really, will win in such a war, so unless all of the leaders of all of those nations are ready for total annihilation of their nations and destruction of their power, I do not understand why they think this is a good idea. Fools.

  28. I’m confused… I thought the shyster Bob Mueller and his crew said Trump and Putin were friends and Putin helped Trump win the 2016 election.

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