The U.S Navy minesweeper that grounded on a Philippine reef last week has taken on water and sustained too much damage to be towed off, the Navy says.
"It's got hull penetrations in several places, and there is a significant amount of water inside the ship," Rear Adm. Tom Carney said at a briefing Thursday.
The Navy said it will use ship-borne cranes and heavy-lift vessels to lift the minesweeper, the USS Guardian, off the Tubbataha Reef.FULL STORY
lolololollo. Roflmao. They can find mines but not see a reef with all that equipment. lol
It does seem a little unbelievable, doesn't it??
Somebody has a red face right about now...
More than a red face. More like a finished career. Navy does not give second chances on grounding ships.
Philippines asked for more US military; and now they share a reef or two!
Maybe the crew shared a reefer or two.....
@Hide Behind- lol
You guys are hillarious! Maybe they shouid get some Ford technology on those ships eh? The new cars that Ford builds lets you know when youre backing up if your gonna hit something as small as a trycicle or a skateboard so you can assume it would work on the front and notify you of a reef! Time to retire some outdated naval ships same as outdated jets. Put some people to work!
Really bad seamanship! However these minesweepers don't have forward looking sonar in their non metallic wooden hulls. They can locate mines electronically and disable them...but they need a navigator with a brain to avoid the shore!
Tony there you go, getting all logical on us.lol
America is the root of all terror.
Gee, maybe we need to spend several hundred billions more so that they get sonar or something that would work to avoid reefs. amazing
You clearly have no idea about the requirements for a vessel to be a minesweeper. But thanks for that rant just the same.
it's now official: the USS Guardian minesweeper has been renamed USS Guardian reefsweeper.
Let's fill the tanks with seawater so the waves don't play havoc with it. Oh no, it's got too much water in it to tow off!