07 December 2018, 11:57

U.S. aviation began patrolling near the occupied Crimea

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Two US Navy aircrafts began patrolling around the Black Sea on December 6, the Ukrainian Military Portal reports.

The plane LockheedEP-3E took off from the Souda Bay air base on the island of Crete (Greece) at 8:50 am Kyiv time. As of 11:55 the plane began to patrol near the annexed Crimea.

The BoeingOC-135B aircraft at 12:05 began patrolling in the Kherson region as part of the Open Sky program.

Lockheed EP-3E Orion was developed by the American company Lockheed, it is equipped for monitoring.

The OC-135B patrol aircraft was created on the basis of the passenger Boeing 707 to monitor the situation in Russia under the terms of the Open Sky agreement, which the RF signed in 2001.

Earlier, American aircraft conducted reconnaissance near the shores of the annexed Crimea and the Krasnodar Territory on October 28. Then, the reconnaissance was conducted by the RQ-4A Global Hawk strategic unmanned aerial vehicle of the United States Air Force and the P-8A Poseidon anti-aircraft patrol aircraft.