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Frigate Assigned to Support Winter Olympics Runs Aground in Turkey

USS Taylor (FFG-50) departs Naval Station Mayport in 2014. US Navy Photo

USS Taylor (FFG-50) departs Naval Station Mayport in 2014. US Navy Photo

USS Taylor (FFG-50) — assigned to U.S. Navy’s 6th Fleet in support of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia — has run aground, 6th Fleet officials announced on Tuesday.

The Mayport, Fla. home ported ship was attempting to moor to refuel when the ship struck ground on Feb. 12.

“The incident occurred as Taylor was preparing to moor in Samsun, Turkey,” according to a statement from U.S. Naval Forces Europe.
“Taylor was able to moor without further incident.”

The ship suffered some damage to the propellers and a minor spill of about 176 gallons of fuel, according to a report from ABC News.

“There were no reported injuries, and the incident is currently under investigation,” according to 6th Fleet.

Taylor, along with the command ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20), had been tasked to the Black Sea to provide a U.S. naval presence during the Olympic games.

The Navy defined the Taylor’s tasking as, “maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the Black Sea to establish and enhance cooperation, mutual training and interoperability with regional partner nations and allies.” 

 

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He was formerly the U.S. Maritime Correspondent for the Washington D.C. bureau of Jane’s Defence Weekly and Jane’s Navy International. In his role he covered legislation, acquisition and operations for the Sea Services and spent time underway with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the Canadian Navy.
Sam is a 2003 graduate of Virginia Military Institute.