Russian bombers escorted away from US aircraft carrier

Washington (CNN)US Navy F/A-18 fighter jets were dispatched from the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan and escorted two Russian TU-95 bombers that were approaching the ship on Sunday, according to two US defense officials.

The interaction -- which occurred as the Russian bombers flew about 80 miles from the US carrier -- was deemed safe and professional, the officials said, and the Russian aircraft proceeded without incident.