US Navy Frigate Runs Aground Amid Sochi-Overwatch In Black Sea

Tyler Durden's picture

We noted that two US Navy ships - the guided-missile frigate USS Taylor and an amphibious command ship the USS Mount Whitney - entered the Black Sea on Feb 4th on what the Navy said was a routine deployment (following terrorist threats surrounding the Olympic Games in Sochi).


8 days later, the Navy reports, the USS Taylor is under inspection for damage (and rumored to be inoperable) after running aground as it was preparing to moor in Samsun, Turkey.



Via Stars and Stripes,

The guided-missile frigate USS Taylor, one of two ships on deployment in the Black Sea, is being inspected for damage after running aground last week as it was preparing to moor in Samsun, Turkey, a spokesman for the U.S. 6th Fleet said Tuesday.


The Taylor was able to moor without further incident, and there were no injuries, said 6th Fleet spokesman Lt. Shawn Eklund.


The incident, which occurred on Feb. 12, is under further investigation, Eklund said.




The Pentagon announced their planned deployment in January, after terrorist groups threatened to disrupt the Olympic Games in Sochi, the resort town on Russia’s Black Sea coast.


Let's just hope there's no problems in Sochi now? And how does a US Navy frigate run aground while preparing to moor in a friendly environment?

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TruthInSunshine's picture

"Ya' gotta hand it to those Navy Boys."

-- Colonel Nathan R. Jessup, USMC

ZerOhead's picture

Someone wasn't guiding the guided missle frigate...

icanhasbailout's picture

someone's getting a promotion to Senator...

ZerOhead's picture

Nobody is quite sure where exactly Captain Hazelwood is from however he was smelling of bourbon when he blamed the bankers for the calamity. Sand-bankers that is...

BLOTTO's picture

I think the Captain is a distant relative of Edward Smith...and his boss is the same as the old boss.

TruthInSunshine's picture

I honestly gave y'all plenty of time to say it, but oh well:

Rear Admiral Wei Tu Lo

nuclearsquid's picture

Was most likely the local Turkish pilot, though the CO will no doubt be fired.


nuclearsquid's picture

Oh, and TD, these outdated Frigates are most certainly conducting a  'routine deployment.'  Not the best and brightest aboard this one, i assure you.


HardAssets's picture

Onboard we often heard

"The Navy was designed by geniuses to be run by idiots."

0b1knob's picture

One ship? Small change.

The navy once ran 9 aground in one day, destroying 7 of them.


Ying-Yang's picture

So.... US Naval ships don't have depth gauges?

MarkD's picture

I was tinking same ting.

Ar-Pharazôn's picture

sometimes, dont ask me when, i m pretty sure they navigate by sight

gmrpeabody's picture

It was supposed to be just a three hour tour...

Cacete de Ouro's picture

Maybe they should've ditched the new body hugging high perspiration suits.... Hold on a second, sorry..,that was the speed skating team...apologies navy boys

Joe Davola's picture

On the bright side, sounds like Captain Schettino has found work with the US Navy!

RafterManFMJ's picture

NEVER trust a Moor - ancient Spanish proverb.

pods's picture

I thought they were the Moops?


Canadian Dirtlump's picture

He used to run a cruise ship in italy. Either way, considering this is nothing but a political stunt, the fact that they fucked up is even more hilarious.

Canadian Dirtlump's picture

He used to run a cruise ship in italy. Either way, considering this is nothing but a political stunt, the fact that they fucked up is even more hilarious.

Chuck Walla's picture

Listen! You can hear someone's career ending....


Urban Redneck's picture

Bullshit. Any cheap $100 redneck fish finder from big box "oudoor" store could have prevented this, but a multi-million dollar US MIC supplied sonar system - apparently not. But of course- it will be a convenient excuse to upgrade to the forthcoming multi-trillion dollar US MIC sonar.

dellievan's picture



    This is the outcome when They go looking for our wet precious metals
silvermail's picture

"Broken depth finder???"

No, just the sailors have very powerful binoculars in which it was clearly seen very beautiful Russian girls on the beach.

Larry Dallas's picture

Then CNN will report that the Captain, who's also brown and gay, has claimed that he had an epileptic episode and deserves to keep his job.

Junk away. I don't care.

epicurious's picture

Like all of our MIC foreign policy misguided missles.

Rafferty's picture

Good.  Leave it there, scrap the rest and invest the money in America's crumbling infrastructure.

RafterManFMJ's picture

I'm pretty sure now that the ship is grounded the USSA is obligated to bring democracy to the offending country.

rubiconsolutions's picture

An allegory for American foreign policy lead by Admiral John Kerry. "Ahoy matey! Permission to come aboard?"

TruthInSunshine's picture

Whisper rumor that ship ran aground as Hillary Clinton was dropping & rolling to avoid sniper fire.

rubiconsolutions's picture
"Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale,
A tale of a fateful trip
That started from this tropic port
Aboard this tiny ship.

The mate was a mighty sailing man,
The skipper brave and sure.
Five passengers set sail that day
For a three hour tour, a three hour tour.

The weather started getting rough,
The tiny ship was tossed,
If not for the courage of the fearless crew
The minnow would be lost, the minnow would be lost.

The ship set ground on the shore of this uncharted desert isle
With Gilligan
The Skipper too,
The millionaire and his wife,
The movie star
The professor and Mary Ann,
Here on Gilligans Isle.

So this is the talel of the castways,
They're here for a long, long time,
They'll have to make the best of things,
It's an uphill climb.

The first mate and the Skipper too,
Will do their very best,
To make the others comfortable,
In the tropic island nest.

No phone, no lights no motor cars,
Not a single luxury,
Like Robinson Crusoe,
As primative as can be.

So join us here each week my freinds,
You're sure to get a smile,
From seven stranded castways,
Here on "Gilligan's Isle."

Possible Impact's picture

'Pardon me, would you have any Grey Poupon?'

Jack Sheet's picture

'Twas on the good ship Venus
By Gad you should have seen us....

Dugald's picture


Bands playing, Bayonets fixed, Echo sounders switched off. just that simple.

The old procedure of, Lookout, Leadline and Log have been discontinued due to the navy ......ahhh forget it...

chemystical's picture

$100 says the helm and/or nav were: texting or looking at porn.  Alcohol is a distant 3rd imo.  Sex might be involved too. but porn or text are the frontrunners.

NoDebt's picture

"And how does a US Navy frigate run aground while preparing to moor in a friendly environment?"

I wouldn't say it happens all the time, but it happens.  Channels shift around, things don't stay exactly the same on the bottom of the sea.  Mostly, though, it's piloting error, same as it ever was.  Good chance whoever is commanding the vessel right now won't be shortly.

CrashisOptimistic's picture

Yup, your basic career killer.

But he's likely an O5 or O6 and will retire at about 70K/yr pension plus free medical for himself and wife for life.

Dr. Richard Head's picture

Veteran's health care is supposed to be phenominal too, so they have that going for them.

CrashisOptimistic's picture

That's the old normal.  The new normal is the smartest med students opt for military, which pays all of med school for them and lets them see the world with their family for free (while getting paid to do so with 30 days vacation per year), and indemnifies them for all malpractice suits (there are none, military docs can't be sued).

Military docs have pretty good life and hence come from the smartest students, and they treat retirees.

outofideas's picture

I had a collage buddy with that plan. Air Force ROTC for medical school, take care of some people in good shape for a few years, retire as captain, go make big bucks in private industry. This was a solid plan as he entered medical school in the mid to late 90's. His plan went to shit however circa 2001, say around fall. He ended up doing a very long stretch patching up all people in less then good shape.

Greenskeeper_Carl's picture

exactly. he will never get command again, and probably get out at 20, if he isnt at 20 already. but this kind of thing happens. probably havent surveyed that channel in a while so the charts arent up to date. or it was just being driven/navigated by a group of dumbasses. no shortage of those in the navy, thats for sure

Tucson Tom's picture

" or it was just being driven/navigated by a group of dumbasses. no shortage of those in the navy, thats for sure" With your grammar and sentence structure,you don`t sound like you would qualify for anything more than a boat anchor!