USS Mount Whitney, USS Taylor both in port

USS Mount Whitney, USS Taylor both in port
USS Taylor in Samsun, Turkey. (Photo credit 6n1k.com.tr, via Bosphorus Naval News; links in text.)

The U.S. warships in the Black Sea continue to be nowhere near Ukraine, except in the sense of being closer to Ukraine than they would be if they were in port in Spain.

USS Taylor (FFG-50), the frigate, which was last heard of running her propeller aground in Samsun, Turkey, remains there having repairs done.  Bosphorus Naval News says Taylor is expected to be in Samsun through the 24th.  (BNN also points out that USS Barry (DDG-52) had a similar incident in Samsun in 2008.)

USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20), meanwhile, gave up on the Olympics a few days ago and headed to Batumi, Georgia for a port visit, arriving there on Wednesday 19 February.  If the Facebook link doesn’t come up for you, the acres of useless space that form Mount Whitney’s bow can be admired below.

Her port visit is probably coming to an end; a Monday morning departure from Batumi would be likely.  We’ll know in a couple of days if the two ships make their transit out of the Black Sea in company.  We can assume they will leave in short order.  Both undoubtedly have full schedules elsewhere in the coming weeks.

US Navy photo from Facebook
US Navy photo from Facebook

J.E. Dyer

J.E. Dyer

J.E. Dyer is a retired Naval Intelligence officer who lives in Southern California, blogging as The Optimistic Conservative for domestic tranquility and world peace. Her articles have appeared at Hot Air, Commentary’s Contentions, Patheos, The Daily Caller, The Jewish Press, and The Weekly Standard.

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