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 at the link.
Her port visit is probably coming to an end;
See the rest on the QT…