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US aircraft have made a reconnaissance flights near Russian base in Syria

LONDON, (BM) – Two American military aircraft on Monday, one after the other, made long reconnaissance flights off the coast of Syria and the Russian air base Khmeimim located there and the Russian Navy’s logistics base in the port of Tartus, follows from monitoring data from Western aviation resources, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.

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According to them, initially on Monday, near the Russian bases in Syria, a flight of the US Air Force RC-135W radio-electronic reconnaissance aircraft with the call sign OLIVE56 was flown from the Suda Bay air base on the island of Crete.

He cruised for more than three hours along the Syrian coast, as well as Lebanon. The aircraft, capable of conducting electronic reconnaissance at a great depth of the enemy’s territory, performed a series of flights at a distance of about 50-60 km from Russian bases at an altitude of 10 thousand meters above the international waters of the Eastern Mediterranean.

Following him, a U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon patrol anti-submarine aircraft approached Russian bases in Syria, rising from Sigonella air base on the Italian island of Sicily. For more than an hour and a half, the naval scout was barraging near the Syrian coast, at times approaching Russian bases at a distance of about 35-50 km. He performed a flight at an altitude of 4.6 thousand meters.

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The flights of American reconnaissance aircraft were carried out against the backdrop of the entry into the Eastern Mediterranean of an aircraft carrier strike group of the US Navy led by the nuclear carrier USS Eisenhower (CVN 69).

It was reported that on Sunday the flight of a medium-range carrier-based transport aircraft C-2 Greyhound of an aircraft carrier was recorded southeast of the Greek island of Crete, where the Suda Bay base used by the Pentagon is located and where it flew.

The American aircraft carrier strike group at the end of February, passing the Strait of Gibraltar, entered the waters of the Mediterranean Sea. According to the U.S. Navy, in early March, the USS Eisenhower held a joint exercise with the French Navy’s flagship aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle (R91), during which their aircraft trained to cross-land and take off on the decks of both sides. The exercises took place in the central part of the Mediterranean – east of the Italian island of Sardinia in the Tyrrhenian Sea.

In addition to the aircraft carrier, the American group includes the USS San Jacinto (CG-56) and USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) missile cruisers, as well as the Truxtun (DDG-103), USS James Williams (DDG-95) and USS Stout (DDG 55).

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Onboard the aircraft carrier there are 48 F / A-18E Super Hornet fighter-bombers, as well as electronic warfare, long-range radar detection aircraft, C-2 Greyhound transporters and anti-submarine and rescue helicopters.

In terms of staffing, the carrier group must also be accompanied by an atomic strike submarine equipped with Tomahawk cruise missiles with a range of 1.5 thousand km.

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