Navy Ship Runs Aground

A United States Naval ship, the USS Guardian, ran aground on the Tubataha Reef off the shores of the Philippines, stranding the ship and crew.

Navy Ship Runs Aground Off the Philippines’ Coast; Vessel and Crew Stranded

By Myles Collier

A United States Naval ship ran aground off the shores of the Philippines, stranding the ship and crew.

A statement released by the Navy’s Seventh Fleet revealed that the USS Guardian became stuck on the Tubataha Reef at while crossing the Sulu Sea. The Avenger-Class ship is used by the Navy as a minesweeper and was traveling to its next port of call when it struck the reef and became stranded.

While there were no injuries reported of the 81-member crew, it remains stuck as military officials develop the safest plan to extract the ship.

“The ship is currently stuck on the reef, approximately 80 miles east-southeast of Palawan Island,” according to the statement issued Wednesday night. “The crew is currently working to determine the best method of safely extracting the ship.”

The cause of the grounding is currently under investigation. A preliminary examination of the ship indicated that there was no fuel leaking, meaning the ship could be able to continue to its destination when freed from the reef.

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Source: CP Asia.


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