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

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

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 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

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...]