Security concerns surrounding the Winter Olympics in Sochi have prompted U.S. officials to make a move.
The Pentagon is sending two Navy warships ships to the Black Sea in case something major happens and the military has to evacuate American visitors and athletes. The ships would be equipped with helicopters to fly out U.S. Citizens.
The Pentagon released the following statement Monday:
Pentagon Press Secretary Statement on Olympic Winter Games Security
The following press release is attributed to Rear Admiral John F. Kirby, USN
The United States has offered its full support to the Russian government as it conducts security preparations for the Winter Olympics.
To that end, 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.
There is no such requirement at this time.
The move comes after recent terrorism concerns when an Islamist group posted an online video over the weekend, promising “a present” for tourists at the games.
The Military has not said which U.S. ships would be heading toward Russia.
The games start two weeks from Friday.