US Navy Ship meets Russian aircraft in Baltic Sea.  US Navy photo

US Navy Ship meets Russian aircraft in Baltic Sea.
US Navy photo

In one of the most aggressive actions in recent memory, Russian warplanes conducted “simulated attacks” on the a U.S. Navy vessel in the Baltic Sea on Tuesday, repeatedly flying within 30 feet of the ship, according to a defense official. [Military Times]

IT DOESN’T get much closer than this…

A Russian Sukhoi Su-24 attack aircraft makes a very-low altitude pass by the USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) April 12, 2016. Donald Cook, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, forward deployed to Rota, Spain is conducting a routine patrol in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. [U.S. Navy photo]

The day after the incident, Capt. Rick Hoffman put the whole thing in perspective for Military Times.

“We would probably not have accepted that from an Iranian aircraft in the Persian Gulf, although we’ve seen it,” Hoffman said. […] “Only in ‘Top Gun’ does a war suddenly break out between two airplanes that is completely not related to something going on ashore,” he said.

Shorter Captian Hoffman, showboating isn’t a threat even if it is “annoying.”