Sep 19, 2013, 5:16 PM EDT
Russia is bringing in two warships for security at the Sochi Olympics.
Two ships were called off from joining naval missions off the Syrian coast Thursday and will participate in Olympic “security efforts,” according to Russian news agency Interfax.
“Black Sea Fleet’s small missile ship Ivanovets and missile boat Shtil were ordered earlier to depart to the Eastern Mediterranean on Sept. 25,” Interfax reported a Navy source saying, according to Xinhua News Agency. “This morning, the mission was cancelled,”
Xinhua reported the reasons behind the move included small ships being less efficient for the Eastern Mediterranean mission.
The Navy explained its latest decision by low efficiency of small ships’ deployment off Syrian shores in the current situation there as well as by bad weather conditions in fall and winter, which may jeopardize their sail.
Also at sea, cruise ships will be used as floating hotels during the Sochi Games.
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