January 28th, 2013
08:03 AM ET

Seawater pumped into U.S. warship

The tanks of a U.S. Navy warship stuck on a Philippine reef have been pumped full of seawater to keep the vessel stable while salvage ships make their way to the site of the grounding, officials said Monday.

Navy-led salvage teams have also removed most of the materials from the minesweeper USS Guardian that could pose environmental problems for Tubbataha Reef, a Philippine national park and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Those materials include paint, solvents and lubricants, according to a statement from the U.S. Embassy in Manila.

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  1. Richard

    Sure this problem too willbe delt with properly .It's not worse than Gulf oil spill after all!.

    January 28, 2013 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
  2. Mark0

    How often do we find mines? Who do they belong to?

    January 29, 2013 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe Schmoe

      In times of conflict, quite often. Last large mining was done by the Iraqis in the Gulf.

      January 30, 2013 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • HanginMexico

      We need to launch a retaliatory cruise missile strikes again the worlds more than 3600 major reefs as a clear link has been found to a Saudi named Albert Kaida. American prestige and the safety of its citizens are at stake for gawd sakes!

      February 8, 2013 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      The Iranians have mined the Persian Gulf before and there's a good change they'll do it again.

      February 25, 2013 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Hmmm...

    To my Filipino friends... as well as my Filipina wife. Stop the violence... Be happy we don't abandon you. Accidents occur. You never protest when one of your ferry's sink and kills a couple hundred people...

    January 30, 2013 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • jonathan

      im a filipino and i agree with you on what you said my american friend. =)

      February 1, 2013 at 8:10 am | Report abuse |
    • roy

      there is a communist insurgency there and they have above ground operations too like rallies exploiting the democratic process available. they represent 1% of the filipinos but they are the loudest. 99% of filipinos have good feelings toward americans.

      February 8, 2013 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  4. rode

    I along with the majority of Americans wish the government would pull out of the Philippines. Lock, stock, and barrel. Leave the island to their own rule. Leave them to their own devices to pay for and take care of their people. We could then stop providing food, money, and protection to these people.
    Please politicians, when a country doesn't want our troubles and our money....LEAVE !

    January 30, 2013 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Captain Obvious

      Easy to say, harder to do. Yes, we have had our thumb on just about everyone since WW2, but to be frank, after WW2 we had to.

      Time goes by, and people want the USA to go home. But what if we do? Almost always chaos erupts with dictators killing a bunch of people. Then there is an out cry to "do something" to stop genocide. So, we go back in. The cycle continues.

      February 1, 2013 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  5. richard

    Some Navy officer's career is over ;-).

    January 30, 2013 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. RokyE.

    Captain on duty Captain Francesco Schettino..

    January 30, 2013 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Retired Chief

    A MInesweeper is NOT a warship. These knucklehead reporters should do their homework. Typical CNN reporting.

    February 1, 2013 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  8. JohnB

    I can't believe they just don't' tow the ship back out to sea. What a waste of money and time to cut up a ship. The coral will survive and grow back. Geesh.

    February 1, 2013 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chuck Shick

      look at picture 10 the pubic will be in outrage

      February 7, 2013 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  9. Harry Oyama

    I guess it's part of the Navy's OJT to "pump" the ship full of seawater and awards its sailors with a "seamanship" certification!

    February 1, 2013 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |