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Two nuclear-capable Tupolev Tu-95MS strategic bombers of the Russian Aerospace Force were intercepted by U.S. F/A-18 Hornet fighter jets as they were approaching the U.S. Navy nuclear-powered Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan in the Sea of Japan, according to two U.S. defense officials.

The interaction — which occurred as the Russian bombers flew about 80 miles from the US carrier — was deemed safe and professional, the officials said, and the Russian aircraft proceeded without incident.

The USS Ronald Reagan was operating in the Sea of Japan/ East Sea at the time of the interaction.


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