USS Guardian Runs Aground in the Sulu Sea

Story Number: NNS130117-01Release Date: 1/17/2013 7:02:00 AM
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From U.S. 7th Fleet Public Affairs

SASEBO, Japan (NNS) -- No one was hurt when the mine countermeasures ship USS Guardian (MCM 5) ran aground on Tubbataha Reef at 2:25 a.m. local time, Jan. 17, while transiting the Sulu Sea.

The Avenger-class ship had just completed a port call in Subic Bay, Olongapo City and was en route to her next port of call when the grounding occurred. The ship is currently stuck on the reef, approximately 80 miles east-southeast of Palawan Island. The crew is currently working to determine the best method of safely extracting the ship.

The cause of the grounding is under investigation.

Guardian, forward-deployed to Sasebo, Japan, was commissioned Dec. 16, 1989, and has a crew of about 80.

1/17/2013 6:22:00 PM
To get Guardian off reef, before high tide take weight off ship so that it sits higher in the water, including sailors, lifeboats, equipment etc, aircraft, etc and/or lift it with other ships cranes and or strong helicopters. The idea is that no one plan will do it: use many plans at once. Like the boy who witnessed the semi truck-trailer stuck under the overpass: let the aid out of the tires. There is a lot of movable weight on ship:temporarilly take it off and lift or bouy it up!

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