USS Guardian mcm-5

USS Guardian, aground. Via anonymous gCaptain source.

The US Navy reports this morning that all 79 crew members have been transferred from the stricken USS Guardian (MCM-5) while 7th Fleet salvors works to try and free the vessel which is solidly aground on Tubbataha Reef in the Philippines.

The sailors were safely transferred by small boat to the nearby support vessels USNS Bowditch (T-AGS 62) and MSV C-Champion.

“Seventh Fleet ships remain on scene and essential Guardian Sailors will continue conducting survey operations onboard the ship as needed until she is recovered,” said Vice Adm. Scott Swift, U.S. Seventh Fleet commander. “Several support vessels have arrived and all steps are being taken to minimize environmental effects while ensuring the crew’s continued safety.”

The Avenger-class mine countermeasures 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 US Navy’s salvage operation continues today in close coordination with the Armed Forces of the Philippines while an investigation into the cause of the grounding continues.

Full Coverage: USS Guardian Grounding

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  • QMC(SS)(Ret)

    In my classes, I normally preface my case studies with: “These guys aren’t idiots….” Given all that’s happened in the last few months, I’m considering revising that assessment.

  • Brendan Lally

    It must suck to be them today…

  • Rosemary Dyche

    We have been sailing the Pacific for two years now.
    My husband is a 40 year professional captain.
    There are quite a few charts that are off by as much as a quarter mile. And in places like the Sanblas Islands of Panama on the Atlantic side of the canal not all the reefs are on the charts.
    It could ruin your day.

  • jay trueman

    I was serving aboard the USS Widgeon MSC 208 in 1964, when she grounded while taking an unauthorised short cut from Sasebo bay.

    She was under the command of Lt. John Felderman. At the time of the grounding the Capt. had the Con. The Capt. instantly tried to assign blame to every one else including the cook.

    Since he was a kiss ass from Bupers, all the brass were afraid of him so all he received from the Board if Inquirey, was a letter of repramand, which he bragged that he would make quick work of on his return to Bupers.

    I am still in contact with 5 of my ship mates of the time and we have a “Grounding Day” celebration every 10 June.

    It took a couple of years to fix most of the damage, but Widgeon was never the same.

    Jay Trueman
    USS Widgeon

    June 62 to Jan 65

  • donald

    As a former XO of MSC 201, I can veryfy that there were
    many times when there was not a sober soul on board after a port call in a Sin City. Also as a former Seabee before commissioning, I can verify that Olongapo, at least in the 50s, well deserved a Sin City tag.

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