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US Navy Ship on Olympics Duty Ran Aground

United States Navy(WASHINGTON) -- The frigate USS Taylor, one of two Navy ships assigned to the Black Sea during the Sochi Winter Olympics, briefly ran aground last week in a Turkish port where it had gone to refuel.

There were no injuries as a result of the incident. Some damage to the ship’s propeller blades was reported, but none to the ship’s hull.

U.S. Naval Forces Europe confirmed the frigate is being inspected for damage.

“The extent of the damage is still being assessed,” said Captain Brenda Malone, spokesperson for U.S. Naval Forces Europe.  “An initial survey discovered that there was some damage to the propeller blades, but there appears to be no damage to the hull.”

She added that the ship is presently moored in Samsun where it was supposed to have made a brief stop for refueling and that it is still too early to determine what impact the incident will have on its scheduled deployment in the Black Sea.  

Navy officials said they did not know how close the ship was to the pier when the grounding incident occurred.

The USS Taylor and the amphibious command ship USS Mount Whitney have been in the Black Sea since just before the start of the Sochi Olympics. They are assigned to a regular maritime security operation in the Black Sea, but Pentagon officials have acknowledged that it was available to the State Department to help assist with any potential evacuation of American citizens.

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