US forces are on high alert after Russian destroyers and fighter jets ventured within 35miles of Hawaii in what was Moscow's biggest war games since the end of the Cold War.
Around 20 Russian warships, submarines, support vessels and 20 fighter jets took part in the military exercise.
Russia's defence ministry said the drills took place some 300miles off the coast of Hawaii, however unconfirmed satellite images from June 19 appear to show them blowing up an aircraft carrier 35 nautical miles away from the U.S. state.
This is the second in a month the US has scrambled F-22 fighter jets over Hawaii in response to Russian military activities in the Pacific.
In both instances, the aircraft never entered the U.S. Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ).
On June 17, the Navy confirmed that USS Carl Vinson and USS Dewey along with strike forces were deployed near Hawaii to participate in "integrated ops with the U.S. Army, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard, training to a variety of missions, from long range strikes to anti-submarine warfare".
Moscow has released a video of the its latest show of force in the Pacific.
The clips shows an unnamed Russian Navy submarine and a pair of Tu-142MZ Bear-F Mod, 4 long-range anti-submarine aircraft operating from Yelizovo Air Base on the Kamchatka peninsula, which were escorted by MiG-31BM Foxhound interceptors, The Drive reported.
It also showcased planes taking off and refueling in mid air.
The two units "worked out the tasks of detecting, countering and delivering missile strikes against an aircraft carrier strike group of a mock enemy," the Russian Ministry of Defense said.
The fleet practised anti-shipping strikes and drilled for anti-aircraft and anti-submarine missions, the ministry added.
The Pentagon is keeping a close eye on the manoeuvres.
Russia ‘sinks AIRCRAFT CARRIER’ near Hawaii as US Navy strike group heads to region and fighter jets on standby
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