On 16 May 2017, two Russian Su-24M Fencer aircraft made close, low-altitude passes of the Dutch frigate HNLMS Evertsen, which was in the Baltic Sea as part of Standing NATO Maritime Group One. The attack aircraft approached within 200 meters of the warship and made two passes down the port and starboard sides of the Evertsen. The Royal Netherlands Navy reacted quickly to publicize the event and within 24 hours had posted photographs and videos of the intercept on its website.
The incident is reminiscent of a similar episode almost exactly a year earlier, when two Russian Su-24s conducted even closer passes of the USS Donald Cook (DDG-75) while it was on patrol in international waters in the Baltic Sea. In this case, the intercepts were riskier, and the incoming aircraft flew less than 100 feet from the ship’s bridge. Within hours, U.S. Naval Forces Europe and U.S. European Command released photographs and video of the fly-bys, and the dangerous event made news around the world.