A U.S. Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter lands onto the deck of the USS Ronald Reagan, a Nimitz-class nuclear-powered super carrier, during a joint naval drill between South Korea and the U.S. on Oct. 28, 2015 in the West Sea, South Korea.
Kim Hong-ji—AP

Two Russian warplanes edged near the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier in the sea of Japan this week — forcing the Navy to send U.S. fighter jets in response, military officials said Thursday.

The American aircraft carrier was in international waters east of the Korean peninsula in a joint exercise with South Korean naval forces.

The pair of Russian Bear Bombers had failed to respond to radio calls as they advanced toward the vicinity of the USS Ronald Reagan, and four F/A-18 Super Hornets were deployed, U.S. Navy officials said. Once under American escort, the Russian bombers skimmed…

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