A Russian destroyer and a US Navy cruiser nearly collided at sea on June 7, 2019. Videos released by the Navy appear to show Russian sailors sunbathing shirtless on the back of their warship during this close encounter.
The Russian destroyer Admiral Vinogradov engaged in "unsafe and unprofessional" behavior by sailing dangerously close to the US Navy Ticonderoga-class cruiser USS Chancellorsville, the US 7th Fleet said in a statement accompanied by photos and videos of the incident.
The Russians accused the American vessel of acting improperly, arguing that the USS Chancellorsville abruptly changed course and cut across the path of the destroyer.
Amid the back and forth over who is to blame for the latest US-Russia confrontation, eagle-eyed observers took note of something peculiar in the videos released by the Navy — what appears to be Russian sailors sunbathing shirtless, if not naked, as one appears to be, on the helicopter pad.
Russian government: The American ship acted dangerously!— Mike Yeo 杨启铭 (@TheBaseLeg) June 7, 2019
US government: The Russian ship manoeuvred unprofessionally!
(Earlier in the day)
Russian sailors: The breeze is blowing, the sun is shining. Time for suntan, da? pic.twitter.com/U7bFzCT70p
NPR reported the unusual Russian behavior in an article discussing the showdown between the Russian and US warships.
"In an odd sight, the videos show several Russian service members seemed to be sunbathing on an aft platform aboard the destroyer as it nears the American warship," the writer observed.
While Department of Defense and Navy officials noted the behavior, none were willing to speculate on the record about what exactly the Russians were doing or why.
This article originally appeared on Business Insider. Follow @BusinessInsider on Twitter.
- Navy Truman carrier command master sgt resign Pence clap strip club ›
- Russia to UN: We are claiming 463,000 square miles of the Arctic ... ›
- Russia threatens US with nuclear doomsday device after INF failure ... ›
- Russia to arm a submarine with 6 nuclear 'doomsday' devices ... ›
- A Russian 'troll slayer' went undercover at a troll factory - Business ... ›