US Navy To Make Warships Available For Sochi Olympics Security (Video)

Two unnamed Navy ships currently in the Black Sea will be available if a security crisis at the Sochi Olympics demands it.

Screenshot from KPBS
Screenshot from KPBS
Written by Beth Ford Roth/KPBS

Two unnamed Navy ships currently in the Black Sea will be available if a security crisis at the Sochi Olympics demands it, according to an announcement Monday by U.S. Navy Rear Admiral John F. Kirby:

U.S. commanders in the region are conducting prudent planning and preparations should that support be required.

Air and naval assets, to include two Navy ships in the Black Sea, will be available if requested for all manner of contingencies in support of -- and in consultation with -- the Russian government.

Stars and Stripes reports Navy officials will not release the names of the two warships in the Black Sea "citing a policy against discussing ship movements."

An unnamed official explained to CNN that the U.S. State Department would be in charge of evacuating American citizens from the Olympics if a terrorist attack were to take place. But the U.S. would need the OK from Russia first before they could act:

But planes and ships are clearly there "if something happens like a major terrorist attack and we need to get Americans out," the official said.

U.S. contingency planning calls for warships to launch helicopters to Sochi from the Black Sea. C-17 transport aircraft would be on standby in Germany and could be on the scene in about two hours.

The Associated Press reports that as of Tuesday morning, the Russian police are hunting for three female bombers, known as "black widows," whom they fear are plotting terrorist attacks at the Sochi Winter Olympics.

John Angelo January 22, 2014 at 07:03 PM
Why is anyone in their right mind going to Russia for this event, one the Russian govt policy against gay and lesbians and additionally the threat for a terrorist attach..Stay home and be safe
Pam Cassidy January 22, 2014 at 08:06 PM
I pray nothing happens at these winter Olympic games in Sochi...even if nothing happens, how can the spectators and the athletes enjoy themselves with the threat of terrorism so acute and promised?
Waldo Kronski IV January 22, 2014 at 11:49 PM
Not to worry, the days of old, the new KGB will be under every bed, bleacher, in every bar, car, eating establishment, monitoring every phone call....etc. In fact, there will be so many of them, you will have trouble watching the Olympics. Good thing, bad thing.....????
Kevin Keever January 24, 2014 at 12:35 AM
I refuse to be threatened if I had the money I would go to Sochi
Peter Gozinya January 24, 2014 at 08:31 AM
We need Russia's permission. So if Putin says no, you can't come here then the American ships, planes and troops are wasted. Since we have been forced to like and approve gays I think he will deny us permission to enter the country to help.
RC Vic Kerman January 24, 2014 at 03:17 PM
Has the world gone nuts when you have to send Warships to watch a "GAME!"
Hank Kolb January 24, 2014 at 03:30 PM
Through pride we are ever decieving ourselves. But deep down below the surface of the average conscince a small voice tells us, "someting isn't right here". The tendency of an invent to occur varies ith wthe preparations for it.


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