Navy ship deployed near Sochi runs aground

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Associated Press

Posted on February 19, 2014 at 8:09 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. Navy says one of two U.S. warships dispatched to the Black Sea before the Sochi Winter Olympics ran aground at a Turkish port last week.

The frigate USS Taylor ran aground Feb. 12 as it was preparing to moor at Samsun, Turkey, about 230 miles southwest of Sochi. The Navy says the Taylor was able to dock without further incident and no one was injured.

ABCNews reports the ship had gone there for refueling. There is some damage to propeller blades, but not to the hull and a 175 gallon fuel spill was contained, the report states.

The Taylor and the USS Mount Whitney were sent to the Black Sea in early February. The deployment was announced after an uptick in reports of security threats against the Olympics, although the Pentagon said the U.S. warships were deployed as part of normal military planning and could perform any required missions, including communications or evacuations.

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