Navy relieves commander of grounded ship

FILE - In this Dec. 23, 2008 file photo, U.S. Navy ship USS Taylor enters the Black Sea port of Varna, Bulgaria. The U.S. Navy says one of two U.S. warships dispatched to the Black Sea before the Sochi Winter Olympics is being inspected for damage after it ran aground at a Turkish port last week. The frigate USS Taylor ran aground Feb. 12, 2014, as it was preparing to moor at Samsun, Turkey, about 230 miles southwest of Sochi. The Navy says the Taylor was able to dock without further incident and no one was injured. The Taylor and the USS Mount Whitney were sent to the Black Sea in early February. (AP Photo/Petar Petrov)
FILE - In this Dec. 23, 2008 file photo, U.S. Navy ship USS Taylor enters the Black Sea port of Varna, Bulgaria. The U.S. Navy says one of two U.S. warships dispatched to the Black Sea before the Sochi Winter Olympics is being inspected for damage after it ran aground at a Turkish port last week. The frigate USS Taylor ran aground Feb. 12, 2014, as it was preparing to moor at Samsun, Turkey, about 230 miles southwest of Sochi. The Navy says the Taylor was able to dock without further incident and no one was injured. The Taylor and the USS Mount Whitney were sent to the Black Sea in early February. (AP Photo/Petar Petrov)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The commander of the U.S. Navy ship that ran aground while deployed near the Olympics has been relieved of his command.

Navy officials in Europe issued a statement Tuesday saying Cmdr. Dennis Volpe was reassigned to another job due to loss of confidence in his ability to command. The Navy says the USS Taylor, one of two U.S. warships dispatched to the Black Sea before the Sochi Winter Olympics, remains under repair in the Turkish port at Samsun. It ran aground there Feb. 12 while preparing to moor.

The guided-missile frigate arrived in the Black Sea early this month with the USS Mount Whitney, an amphibious command ship. The Pentagon announced the planned deployment in January, after terrorist groups threatened to disrupt the Olympic Games in Russia.

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