Middle East

US Navy jets cross Baltic Sea after Nord Stream burst

A US Navy reconnaissance plane was flying near the rupture site of the Nordstream 2 pipeline in the Baltic Sea hours after the initial damage occurred.

Russia’s Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines ruptured on September 26, spilling gas into the Baltic Sea off Denmark and Sweden. Seismologists have documented an explosion in the area, and police in several countries have launched investigations.

Flight data show that a P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol and reconnaissance plane passed over the North Sea at 0003 GMT when Swedish seismologists recorded what was later described as an undersea explosion southeast of the island of Bornholm in the Baltic Sea. I was.

The plane, which flew from Iceland, performed a typical racetrack-shaped circuit pattern over Poland before taking off towards the Baltic Sea pipeline region, data showed.

Due to the type of rotating identification code sometimes used on such planes, the plane’s identity could not be established immediately, but when Reuters presented the data, the U.S. Navy said it was an American aircraft. I have confirmed that there is.

“U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon aircraft, shown in tracking data, conducted routine maritime reconnaissance flights in the Baltic Sea unrelated to the leak from the Nord Stream pipeline,” said a U.S. Navy spokesman. said.

When asked if any of the information gathered would be useful to investigators investigating the pipeline rupture, Capt. Tamara Lawrence, spokesperson for US Navy Europe and Africa, said, “There is no additional information we can provide at this time. No,” he said.

It’s unclear what role the U.S. military is playing in helping Europe investigate the pipeline rupture, but President Joe Biden has finally spoken about sending divers.

“chess game”
The data show that the plane flew south of Bornholm a few minutes past 0100 GMT, headed for northwestern Poland, circled for about an hour on the ground, and then headed for the area where the gas leak was reported around 0244 GMT.

Analysts said it approached the reported leak site about 24 kilometers (15 miles), made one turn, and flew toward the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad, a frequent focus of surveillance.

The defense ministries of Poland, Sweden, Denmark and Germany could not be reached for comment.

Flight data from 0339 GMT to 0620 GMT are missing, but on the return trip around 0700 GMT, the plane flew about 4 km north of the reported leak site.

To reconstruct the P-8’s path, Reuters used partial flight maps from the US-based tracking website Radarbox, complemented by data provided to Reuters by Sweden-based Flightradar24. Used.

Flightradar24 data shows planes will land and take off on the Reykjanes peninsula in southwestern Iceland, where Keflavik Air Force Base is located along with a reported P-8 hangar facility.

It is impossible to establish with certainty the reasons behind specific military flight paths after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, data reveals with the Baltic Sea still at the forefront of Cold War-style tensions. According to analysts who warn there is.

Francis Tusa, a UK-based defense analyst, said: “The Baltic is a very lively arena of showdowns, with lots of research and endless chess games.

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said Thursday that the pipeline rupture was “most likely” the work of Russian special services, citing information from Western allies.

While Western governments and officials have so far avoided directly blaming Moscow, Russia has rejected any claims of responsibility as “absurd” and has instead blamed the United States and its allies. .

(Reuters – Gwladys Fouche, additional reporting by Marek Strzelecki; editing by Terje Solsvik and Emelia Sithole-Matarise)

https://www.oedigital.com/news/500043-us-navy-jet-flew-across-baltic-hours-after-nord-stream-burst US Navy jets cross Baltic Sea after Nord Stream burst

Back to top button