Sochi Olympics Security Ship Runs Aground

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USS Taylor (FGG-50) on 8 Jan 2014. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Marcus L. Stanley

The United States Navy frigate USS Taylor is being inspected for damage today after running aground last week in the Black Sea off Samsun, Turkey.

According to the Navy, the incident occurred while the vessel was preparing to moor and that the ship “was able to moor without further incident.”

USS Taylor and her crew departed on a regularly-scheduled deployment from Mayport, Florida last month and is currently supporting maritime security operations in the region.  Should any emergencies result from the Olympics, Taylor and USS Mount Whitney are standing by to assist.

The single-screwed ship is currently inoperable due to damage to her propeller.

Her Commanding Officer is Cmdr. Dennis Volpe, a 1996 graduate from the US Naval Academy.