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U.S. Naval ship assigned to Sochi runs aground while refueling and is out of commission

Graham Watson
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One of the Naval warships assigned to the Black Sea for U.S. protection during the Sochi Winter Olympics ran aground last Wednesday in a Turkish port as it was attempting to refuel.

The port was 240 miles from Sochi.

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The accident caused some damage to the frigate USS Taylor’s propeller blades, but the hull was not damaged and no one was injured. However, the ship remains in the Turkish port while the full extent of the damage is assessed.

The United States placed the USS Taylor in the Black Sea off the coast of Sochi as a response to potential terrorists threats made by militant groups. The U.S. said it would be used as part of an evacuation plan if Americans needed to get out of Russia following a terrorist attack.

The USS Taylor and the amphibious command ship USS Mount Whitney remain in the Black Sea near Sochi and have been there throughout the Games as part of regular security in the area. However, both ships are available to assist in any potential evacuation of American citizens. The ships are 18-20 miles off the coast of Sochi.

So far, there have been no major security incidents at the Sochi Games.

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