USS Guardian minesweeper

USS Guardian, US Navy image

WASHINGTON, Jan 17 (Reuters) – A U.S. Navy minesweeper, the USS Guardian, ran aground in the Sulu Sea off the Philippines on Thursday, and was stuck on a reef, the Navy said.

No one was injured in the incident, which occurred at 2:25 a.m. local time on Tubbataha Reef about 80 miles (130 km) east-southeast of Palawan Island, in the Philippines, the Navy said. There were no reports that any fuel leaked from the vessel.

The ship, with a crew of 80, had just completed a port call at Subic Bay in the Philippines, when the grounding occurred.

“The crew is currently working to determine the best method of safely extracting the ship,” a Navy statement said, adding that the cause of the grounding was under investigation.

(Writing by Peter Cooney; Editing by David Brunnstrom)

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  • Cody Keesee

    Oh no, my old OPS is the CO. This usually doesn’t end well.

    • http://msn mike

      water too deep or the coast guard. anything over your head is out.

  • In TheNavy

    From Sasebo?

    Way too much sake and beer….running aground in the phillipines, too many hookers and beer…OOD is screwed, Captain is screwed, they should all go back to Japan and commit seppuku

  • Henning

    Believe it or not, the reefs move during the frequent seismic events in the region. Try sailing through Indonesia and the Mentawis by chart sometime and you’ll find yourself in some interesting spots.

  • Conrad

    Too bad she wasn’t a gator. It could have been logged in as “practice” beaching.

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