Russian Planes Zap USS Donald Cook's Missile Defense System-Fiction!

Russian Planes Zap USS Donald Cook’s Missile Defense System-Fiction!

Summary of eRumor:

Two Russian Su-24 bomber planes flew over the USS Donald Cook destroyer ship in the Black Sea and “zapped” its missile defense system.

The Truth:

There’s no proof that Russian bomber planes zapped the USS Donald Cook’s missile defense system.

The claim was first made by a state-run Russian newspaper known for publishing propaganda, and no credible accounts of the USS Donald Cook’s alleged short circuit can be found.

It is true, however, that the USS Donald Cook encountered two Russian Su-24 bomber planes in the Black Sea on April 12, 2014. Pentagon officials confirmed the encounter and said it was a “provocative and unprofessional” move by the Russians.

One of the Su-24 bombers flew within 1,000 feet of the USS Donald Cook’s deck, and attempted communications between the ship’s crewmembers and the plane’s cockpit went unanswered, according to the Pentagon.

A very different version of the story appeared in the Russian Gazette in April 2014. The Russian Gazette is a state-run newspaper that publishes propaganda for Russian leaders and spins news in a favorable way to build public support for their agendas.

The state-run paper claimed that the Su-24 bombers disabled the USS Donald Cook’s Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System. The encounter allegedly “demoralized” the destroyer’s crew and led to 27 American sailors resigning from the Navy, according to a translated version of the article.

The eRumor’s only source is the state-run Russian newspaper, which isn’t credible.

Russian leaders have long used propaganda to build support for their agendas. The Kremlin has also launched plans to increase propaganda efforts outside its borders, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Posted 11/18/14