The US Navy has released the full footage of Russian jets 'buzzing' the USS Donald Cook Destroyer while in the Baltic sea.

Footage first emerged last month in a series of small clips uploaded to Youtube. The new footage was released following a Freedom of Information Act request by the Virginia Pilot newspaper.

At the time of the incident, the White House press secretary Josh Earnest said the incident was part of a pattern of unsafe Russian aircraft action.

"This incident ... is entirely inconsistent with the professional norms of militaries operating in proximity to each other in international waters and international airspace," Earnest said.


"There have been repeated incidents over the last year where the Russian military, including Russian military aircraft, have come close enough to each other or have come close enough to other air and sea traffic to raise serious safety concerns. We continue to be concerned about this behavior," he said.