US Navy aircraft carries out reconnaissance flights near the Crimea

According to monitoring data of the PlaneRadar aviation service on Twitter, on Sunday, February 24, the US Navy aircraft conducted reconnaissance flight near the Kerch Strait and Sevastopol. 

A Boeing P-8A Poseidon anti-submarine patrol aircraft with tail number 168848 took off from the NATO Naval Air Station at Sigonella in Sicily at 4:25 p.m. Moscow Standard Time. It crossed Bulgarian airspace at 5:45 p.m. and began a reconnaissance flight over the Kerch Strait area at a distance of 125 km from the Crimean Bridge. 

The Poseidon was detected near the southern coast of the peninsula at 8:35 p.m. The aircraft passed near Sevastopol. It circled the area for about three hours and repeatedly flew around the southern border of the peninsula. 

Recently, foreign aircraft activity conducting reconnaissance flights near the Black Sea coast of Russia has increased. Three US Navy planes carried out reconnaissance flights of the peninsula coast on January 30, the PlaneRadar reported on Twitter.

Then, a Lockheed EP-3E Orion with the tail number 157316 and a Boeing RC-135V with tail number 64-14841 flew from NATO’s Crete Naval Base. Another Boeing P-8A Poseidon anti-submarine patrol aircraft with tail number 168857 flew from NATO’s Sigonella Air Station.

  US Navy, P-8A Poseidon, Kerch Strait, Moscow, Sigonella