300 US Marines, Warships in the Black Sea: Possible Response Force for Sochi

The War Pigs of the 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion.
The War Pigs of the 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion.

With the expectation of Islamic Jihadi terrorists attacking the upcoming Sochi, Russia Winter Olympics growing by the day, two US warships and 300 Marines are already in the stand-by mode in the Black Sea, as reported by ABC News on Jan. 31, 2014, and also by the Military Times on Jan. 11, 2014.

The flagship for the US 6th Fleet, the command ship USS Mt. Whitney (LCC/JCC 20) and the guided missile frigate USS Taylor¬†(FFG-50) have entered the Black Sea, reportedly “to conduct scheduled maritime security operations in the U.S. Sixth Fleet area of operations,” yet it is widely accepted that the Americans are flying the flag in the area¬†for any contingency that may arise due to terrorism, especially if US citizens find themselves in need of rescuing.

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