A pair of US Navy fighter jets were scrambled on Sunday to escort two Russian bombers that approached the USS Ronald Reagan in the Sea of Japan.
As CNN first reported on Tuesday, citing two American defense officials familiar with the matter, the interaction between the US Navy F/A-18 Hornets and their Russian counterparts was characterized as safe and professional.
Russia's TU-95MS Bear aircraft then left the area without further incident.
Two US Navy F/A-18 Hornets on Sunday were scrambled from the USS Ronald Reagan (pictured) in the Sea of Japan to escort away two Russian bombers
The TU-95 MS Bears reportedly came within 80 miles of the US aircraft carrier
The Russian news agency Tass.ru reported, citing Russia's Ministry of Defense, that the TU-95s were carrying out scheduled flights over neutral waters of the Sea of Japan and the western part of the Pacific Ocean.
Besides the US fighter jets, Japan's aircraft also followed the Russian bombers, which came within 80 miles of the USS Ronald Reagan.
The 100,000-ton aircraft carrier operating in the US Navy's 7th Fleet area of operations was joined last week by USS Theodore Roosevelt and USS Nimitz in anticipation of a rare military exercise, which is expected to commence around the same time that President Donald Trump is