Navy

Russia intercepts U.S. aircraft flying over Mediterranean Sea

A US Navy P-8A Poseidon departs Perth's International Airport on March 28, 2014 in Perth, Australia.
A U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon. Photo: Matt Jelonek/Getty Images

A Russian fighter plane intercepted a U.S. Navy aircraft flying in international airspace over the Mediterranean Sea 3 times over the course of 175 minutes on Tuesday, the U.S. 6th Fleet said in a statement, calling the action "irresponsible."

What they're saying: The 6th Fleet said a U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon aircraft was intercepted by a Russian air-defense fighter SU-35. It said the second interaction was unsafe because it passed at high speed "directly in front of the mission aircraft, which put our pilots and crew at risk. ... The U.S. aircraft was operating consistent with international law and did not provoke this Russian activity."

Report: White House wanted warship named for John McCain "out of sight" in Japan

USS John McCain
USS John S. McCain after an August 2017 collision. Photo: Roslan Rahman/AFP/Getty Images

The White House reportedly requested that the U.S. Navy move the warship — named USS John S. McCain for the late senator — "out of sight" during President Trump's state visit to Japan over Memorial Day weekend, per an email obtained by the Wall Street Journal.

The bottom line: It's unclear why the White House wanted the ship to be moved "out of sight," but WSJ reports that the directive resulted from conversations between the White House Military Office and the Seventh Fleet of the U.S. Navy. Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan was aware of the concern "and approved measures to ensure it didn't interfere with the president's visit."