U.S. Pays the Philippines Nearly $2 Million in Damages Over USS Guardian Grounding

USS Guardian (MCM 5) sits aground on the Tubbataha Reef in January 2013. U.S. Navy Photo

The United States government has paid the Philippines $1.96 million in damages for the grounding of the USS Guardian on the protected Tubbataha Reef in January 2013. The Department of Foreign Affairs in the Philippines says it received the full requested amount of Php 87,033,570.71 in January as compensation for damages caused by the grounding. The compensation will be used … [Read more...]

Philippines Government Seeking Compensation from U.S. Over ‘Guardian’ Grounding

Heavy waves crash against the grounded mine countermeasure ship USS Guardian (MCM 5), which ran aground on the Tubbataha Reef in the Sulu Sea on January 17, 2013. U.S. Navy Photo

The Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs says it will continue to pursue compensation from the U.S. for damages to the protected Tubbataha Reef caused by the grounding of the USS Guardian in January 2013. Philippines Supreme Court on Tuesday cited lack of jurisdiction when it dismissed a "Writ of Kalikasan" plea that would hold U.S. Navy officials, as well as some … [Read more...]

USS Guardian Investigation Reflects Lack of Leadership and Situational Awareness

USS Guardian hit by Sulu Sea waves

"USS Guardian leadership and watch teams failed to adhere to prudent, safe, and sound navigation principles which would have alerted them to approaching dangers with sufficient time to take mitigating action," wrote Admiral Cecil D. Haney, Commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet in the 160-page investigation into the grounding of the USS Guardian. Adm. Haney characterized the … [Read more...]

US Navy Fined For Damage To Protected Reef

USS Guardian aground on Tubbahata Reef

US Navy marine biologist Lee Shannon led a team of scientists who conducted a new assessment last week on the extent of damage caused by the recent grounding of the USS Guardian. Using aerial photography, transect tape measurement, and Global Positioning System coordinates, the team estimated damage to the reef to be approximately 2,346 square meters (25,252 square feet), … [Read more...]

Senior Leadership from Ex-USS Guardian Fired

Guardian officers lcdr mark rice daniel tyler

For the many thousands of people who have followed the story of the ex-USS Guardian which ran up in a Philippine Reef this past January, the fate of the ship's captain, Lt. Cmdr. Mark Rice, seemed pretty clear.  It was not a matter of if he was going to be fired, it appeared more of a question of when. As of yesterday, Lt. Cmdr Rice, his Executive Officer/Navigator  Lt. … [Read more...]

Final Section of Wrecked Warship Removed from Philippine Reef

uss guardian wreck removal

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kelby Sanders SULU SEA, The Philippines (March 30, 2013) – U.S. Navy and contracted salvage personnel embarked onboard the U.S. Navy contracted crane vessel M/V Jascon 25 completed on March 30th, the removal of the grounded mine countermeasures ship Ex-Guardian from the Tubbataha Reef. The final section of the hull, the … [Read more...]