USS Guardian philippines aground

Friday Update: Crew removed as salvors get to work.

*Update: The above image was sent to us last night by a confidential source

Original story:

While at a conference in Washington, DC today, I was shown an aerial image of the USS Guardian surrounded by breaking waves while hard aground on a Philippine reef via the cell phone of a high ranking Navy official, a graphic image which is making its rounds amongst the Navy brass and classified Navy networks.

philippinesUS Navy 7th Fleet Salvage teams are on their way to the incident scene and will be heading up the plan to salvage the Guardian.  Meanwhile, the ship and her crew are getting battered helplessly by poor weather in the region.

Unconfirmed reports indicate the Guardian ran up on the reef on an incoming tide and was still unable to free itself at the peak of high tide, in an area with a 8 to 9 foot tidal range.

uss guardian philippines aground reef

The USS Guardian, a U.S. Navy minesweeper, is seen at the Vicinity of South Islet in Tubbataha Reefs after it ran aground at Palawan province, west of Manila January 17, 2013 in this handout picture distributed by the Armed Forces of the Philippines on January 18, 2013. The Sasebo-based mine countermeasure ship was on its way to India from Subic Bay in the Philippines when it ran aground at 2:25 a.m. local time on Thursday at a marine protected area in Sulu Sea. REUTERS/Armed Forces of the Philippines/Handout

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