U.S. Navy jets intercept Russian bombers near Alaska

This August 2013 photo shows the heat and vapor trail of an F-22 Raptor as it takes off from the Naval Air Station-Joint Reserve Base in Belle Chasse. The Pentagon confirmed Tuesday (April 18) that Raptors intercepted two Russian bombers that flew within 100 miles of Alaska a day earlier. WASHINGTON — The U.S. military says it intercepted two Russian bombers in international airspace off Alaska’s coast.

Navy Commander Gary Ross, a Pentagon spokesman, says a pair of F-22 Raptor aircraft intercepted the Russian TU-95 Bear bombers on Monday (April 17).

Ross says the intercept was "safe and professional."

North American Aerospace Defense Command monitors air approaches to North America and defends the airspace.

Fox News said Tuesday the Russian planes flew within 100 miles of Alaska’s Kodiak Island.

It said the American jets escorted the Russian bombers for 12 minutes. The bombers then flew back to eastern Russia .