End of the USS Guardian
February 1st, 2013
01:04 PM ET

Navy submits plan for dismantling stranded minesweeper

The U.S. Navy said today it has submitted a plan to the Philippine Coast Guard on how it wants to dismantle the stranded minesweeper USS Guardian.

The warship ran aground on a reef in the Philippines’ Tubbataha Reef on Jan. 17. Waves have battered the vessel since.

Navy salvage experts determined the only way to safely move it off the environmentally sensitive reef, a UNESCO World Heritage site, was cut it into piece and lift those pieces off the reef with heavy cranes.

"Guardian is badly damaged and with the deteriorating integrity of the ship, the weight involved, and where it is grounded on the reef, dismantling in sections is the only supportable option," a U.S. Pacific Fleet spokesman, Capt. Darryn James, said in a statement.

"We have the right team of experienced professionals to conduct this complex operation and to ensure that it is done safely while minimizing damage to the surrounding marine environment."

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  1. Gaye Gill

    Keep your head up CREW! I was aboard the USS SELLERS, WE GOT STUCK TOO! 1977 OR 1978.

    February 1, 2013 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • trublue007

      You don't remember what year your ship got grounded?

      February 1, 2013 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • phearis

      Yeah, you don't remember? I remember the exact day the Enterprise almost T-Boned the Hewitt when it crossed 30 yards in front of our bow at we were in formation with the Carl Vinson. Oct 4th, 1996. Com 3rd Fleet was on the bridge of the Enterprise when that happened. Man, he was not happy.

      February 1, 2013 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  2. mc

    Isn't this kind of like an icebreaker getting stuck in ice? A little embarrassing and a very expensive ooops.

    February 1, 2013 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Butch

      Expensive....yes. Embarrasing....absolutely! However, it's not like an icebreaker getting stuck in ice....the craft is a mine countermeasures ship, a high-tech mine sweeper, not a coral buster. So, it's like it shouldn't have been there and its embarrasing it is there and it going to be expensive to move it away!

      February 1, 2013 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gaye Gill

      Trust MC, you don't have to remind them! The duty officer relies on his crew, MINES METAL, EARTH DIRT, SO NOT THE SAME. THE EARTH REACHED UP AND GRABBED THEM! They volunteered for this. GIVE EM A BREAK!

      February 1, 2013 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. rad666

    How much does America have to pay for the plan review?

    February 1, 2013 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • ER

      One ... MILLION dollars! *pinky to the corner of the lips*

      February 1, 2013 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dave

    Really, CNN? The headline link to this article makes no sense.

    February 1, 2013 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  5. toto

    sharks with 'lazor' beams will help in this situation.

    February 1, 2013 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  6. johnnyhouse 145

    We need to hire the censoring crew to fight all of our warsThey just make things disappear.

    February 1, 2013 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. chieftom57

    Protests? Really?

    February 1, 2013 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Fish Eggs

    Good grief. Some clowns will protest anything.

    February 1, 2013 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Filipino

      Yes, the protestors are idiots. They just wanted to make an excuse to protest for the sake of protesting. Who protests an accident?

      February 1, 2013 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris R

      They aren't protesting an accident as much as they are protesting the continued presence of the US military in the Philippines. The grounding just gave them another reason to demand the lease on the bases be crapped.

      February 1, 2013 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. niimki

    Protests over an U.S. presence. Hey by the way, your welcome for the effort and lives we lost in order to keep you from being an occupied country during World War II. Or any help we give during a natural disaster in your area. Or other services we provide at our cost for the use of your land for our base. And how about whatever income is generated by our people who serve there? Yes, by all means continue to protest our being there. By all means, we should take anything we have out of your country. Call someone else next time you get invaded. Or need an ally.

    February 1, 2013 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Filipino

      Relax pal. That's just a handful of idiots. They don't speak for the majority of Filipinos.

      February 1, 2013 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • ceamus

      Might want to rethink that statement a bit. The Philipines -were- occupied during WWII, and the U.S. did leave them to their own devices for quite a while. But, as was said, this doesn't represent a majority opinion.

      February 1, 2013 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Fish Eggs

    Well said, niimki. I hope the Philippine police did a "nice" job persueding them to disperse.

    February 1, 2013 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Hoosbank

    Suprised the Filipinos didnt make the US take on a few thousand more "Navy wives" and there brothers, sisters, cousins, and parents as part of the agreement for "Allowing" you to get your ship back.

    February 1, 2013 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thomas

      Right. They love out money and lifestyle, yet protesters are asking that all US servicemen pull out.

      February 1, 2013 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darryl

      Heh navy wives, then Thomas mentions pulling out. ;p

      February 1, 2013 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  12. george

    Liquor should never be allowed in ships!

    February 1, 2013 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Divad

    From NAVSTA, San Diego to Corpus Christi then back to Sasebo. We did not had a chance to visit Philippines at that time I was onboard those ships. Six months rotations. Mine counter measure (MCM) and the mine hunter. It was hell living in that ship as single and the laborius work we did. Those minesweeping gears especially the wires are a pain and pretty dangerous.

    February 1, 2013 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Total2199

    The US version of Italian cruise ship...

    February 1, 2013 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Thomas

    So, protesters are calling for the pullout of US troops? Ok, troops. Lets pull out. Let them handle their own affairs. Good luck, Philippines.

    February 1, 2013 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
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