Pentagon spokesman Bill Urban quotes RIA News:
I can confirm that the two Russian TU-142 "Bear" approached the aircraft carrier "Ronald Reagan" in the morning of October 27. "Ronald Reagan" conducted operations in the Sea of Japan. Four F-18 aircraft were raised to intercept. The closest point as the two Russian Tu-142s approached the Ronald Reagan was the 1 nautical mile at 500 feet (about 152 m).
According to Urbana, on the aircraft carrier the approach was regarded as "exciting, but safe."
The aircraft carrier "Ronald Reagan", while in the Sea of Japan, participated in joint maneuvers with the South Korean Navy. According to the official representative of the 7th fleet US Lieutenant Lauren Cole, US troops tried to make radio contact with Russian pilots, but no response was received. Tu-142 left the training area and, according to Cole, for some time the fighters escorted the Russian Air Force aircraft over neutral waters.
At the same time, the United States declares that there is nothing terrible about the flights of “some states” planes over the exercise areas, but “such actions must be carried out in accordance with international standards”. I wonder what? Are not those who constantly violate the States themselves? ..